We’re set for another chilly winter. There are a few simple things you can do to stay warm and keep your energy bills down.
Here are our top 5 tips.
Close the curtains
Up to 40% of household energy is lost through windows. By closing your curtains when it gets dark you can stop heat from escaping. Make sure to keep them open during the day to let in the warming sunlight.
Draught-proof your doors
Blocking chilly air that creeps under your doorway is an efficient way to save energy. You can buy sausage shaped draft stoppers or you could get creative and make your own.
Move your furniture
Move your furniture a few inches away from your radiator so it doesn’t soak up all that heat.
Keep your oven door open
Keep the oven door open once you’ve finished cooking. This will keep you warm whilst eating.
Pop some tin-foil behind your radiators. You can stop heat escaping through the walls and reflect it back into the room.
What helpful tricks can you share for staying toasty this winter?
Extra Layers: Always put a jumper, or a thick pair of socks on before turning up the heat.
Hot Bottle: Boil the kettle and fill the hot water bottle.
Plastic sheeting: Put plastic sheeting over windows to reduce heat loss though windows.
Bubble Wrap: Spray window with water, and place cut-to-measured bubble wrap on the window to reduce heat loss.
Heat occupied rooms: Only turn a radiator in a room that is used regularly; avoid heating spare rooms used for guest, hallways that are boxed in (typical in flats, useless for 2 or more storey homes where hallways lead to updates).
Keep doors closed: Obvious issue, keeping doors closed stops heat loss to other rooms & especially rooms that have not been kept warm.
Draught exclude Blinds: If you don’t have curtains and have blinds (especially roller blinds), make sure you draught exclude the top of the roller blind to stop heat escaping through the top.
Clothing - In addition to extra layers an All in One Jumpsuit with hood retains body heat, especially with the hood over the head.
Duvet - A Duvet with Tog Rating of 13.5 or above for when it is really chilly in the winter, like now.
Another tip for stopping draughts!
A couple of years ago I lined my curtains with inexpensive fleece. Best decision I ever made! I made and lined with fleece two floor length curtains to cover back and front doors which have gaps you can see daylight through, tip - buy the heaviest curtain material you can afford and floor length curtains do a great job for very draughty old sash windows as well as doors. The curtain should be dragging on the floor, and as close to door/window frame as possible - literally covering the frame. Fleece helps to keep home toasty if added to even the thinnest of curtain fabrics. It can even be temporarily fixed to curtains if needs be.
I bought my cream coloured fleece on line because I needed a lot, but for small curtains it might be even cheaper to do it with an inexpensive fleece blanket.
Has anyone else done it?
It really works!
Thanks for all the other tips in the main articles yes to heat flying out through glass, essential to close curtains after sundown. And I tuck the bottoms of curtains behind the radiators to force the heat in to the room rather than much of it going out through glass as the heat rises behind the curtain
I forgot to post link : How to make fleece lined curtains How to make fleece lined curtains - Quarter2Home
Use someone else’s heat: Find a friend to share your bed with
Thanks for sharing @Woo
I’ve not lined my curtains at home but this sounds like a top tip. I should dig out the sewing machine and get stitching.
Putting rugs over wooden floorboards: A new one for me this year. I’ve found some funky rugs to cover my wooden floorborads which keeps my toes warm when walking around the house and insulates the floor.
Draft excluder on windows is incredibly effective. You could post letters through the gaps in my front door but the really foamy L shaped draft excluder has worked a treat. Same for my windows.
Ohhh that’s a good one @falcieri
I fancy making my own one to go with the house. National Trust have some tips on how to make them. I don’t think I’ll go with their Christmas theme as it’s only useful for a 1 week in the year =)