Winter is the time of year when the nights draw in and the weather starts to get much colder. During this season, we’re always looking for ways to make our homes warmer and to save money.
Of course, it helps if you’ve got double-glazing and an efficient boiler to start with. But if you haven’t or want easy ways to make your home warmer this winter, is there anything you can do?
The answer’s yes. So here’s a few suggestions on how you can keep the heat in and the cold out of your home as the annual cold snap hits.
Switch from traditional heating to LPG. If you use electricity, oil or solid fuel to heat your home, great savings can be made simply by switching to LPG. It gives you the advantages of mains gas and is convenient and easy to use. Have a look at Calor for details on how to switch and more about how what savings can be made by heating your home with gas canisters.
Seal up draughts. It’s important to seal any gaps in floors, doors and windows. Use insulating tape and draught excluders around edges to prevent heating from escaping. Remember the cat-flap too!
Put up thick curtains. Heavy, full-length curtains are a great insulator. Draw them shut at night in rooms you’re not using, as well as those you are, to keep your whole house cosy.
Let sunlight in. Even though there may not be much of it around in winter, letting as much sunlight as you can into your house will still provide some warmth. Don’t close blinds or curtains until the sun is gone down.
Check your chimney. It’s amazing how much heat is wasted shooting up the chimney, especially ones that aren’t used. You can buy chimney insulators and balloons that block up these spaces for not much money. Just remember to remove them if you ever light your fire! [Read more…]