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Cheap ways to stay warm this winter

Last updated: 25/11/20

As your home starts to get gradually colder over the winter months, it can be tempting to crank the heat up to full blast and nurse a hot cup of tea in an attempt to stave off the winter freeze. However, there are a few ways to warm up your home that are friendly to the environment, as well as your bank account. Here are our top tips for staying warm in winter.

1. Keep out any draughts

It may be worth considering installing some draught excluders during the winter months. Any old material or clothing that you have around the house can be upcycled by securing them around the edges of doors and windows to stop the cold air getting in. It’s also a good idea to fashion a key hole and letterbox cover to keep the warmth in and the draughts out.

2. Thicken up your curtains

Working in a similar way to draught excluders, thicker curtains can work wonders towards preventing heat loss through your windows over the winter months. Make sure that any curtains in rooms that don’t receive direct sunlight are kept drawn during the day, and that all curtains are kept drawn overnight to keep the warm air from escaping.

3. Bleed your radiators

If your radiators feel colder at the top than at the bottom, chances are they could do with bleeding. Whilst this is a quick job, it’s a good idea to take precautions when bleeding your radiators by wearing gloves or wrapping your hands in a cloth, as the escaping water might be hot.

4. Set timers on your heating

Whilst it might be tempting to keep the heating on all winter long, you may find that your energy bill starts to creep up fairly quickly. Set the heating to switch on at specific points during the day, such as just before you need to get up in the morning, or for when you get home from work.

5. Consider some floor coverings

Unless you’re lucky enough to have under floor heating installed, it’s surprising the amount of heat that is lost through cracks in the floorboards. A stylish rug placed over any particularly chilly areas is a homely and effective way of keeping the cold air out.

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