Our Cato is a bit of a homes’ expert and she’s offering her advice on how you can heat your home more cheaply this winter. Here are her top tips:
Hang thicker curtains
Hanging up thicker curtains in your home is a great way to keep it lovely and toasty for less. Using thicker curtains will keep all the heat in and you won’t lose it through small gaps in the windows.
Curtains with a thermal lining are perfect or you could do some DIY ones of your own to help save costs and line the curtains you already have with cheap materials such as fleece.
Make sure curtains are open during the day, so any sunlight can still get through, as it’s important to make good use of natural and free heat such as this.
Draught proof cracks and gaps
It’s absolutely crucial to draught-proof your home, especially in the winter months. You should make sure the sealant around any doors and windows is still intact, and if not, give it another going over as this could chop off anything up to £50 a year from your heating bill. Less cold air coming in should also allow you to turn down the thermostat for further savings.
You could also use draught excluders to block off gaps under doors and ensure letter boxes are fully closed and install a letter box ‘brush’ on them to stop them letting out unnecessary heat.
Get the tin foil out
Although your heating might be switched on, you may be losing out on valuable warmth to external walls if your radiators are attached to them. This means your wall is being heated and not you or the rest of the room, so pop some reflective aluminium tin foil behind the radiator as this prevents heat disappearing through the wall by reflecting it back into the room. Foil designed especially for this purpose can be bought, or you can raid your kitchen cupboards.
You should also avoid placing pieces of furniture in front of radiators as this will absorb the heat.
Dress up bare floor boards
Although wooden floors and bare floor boards may look super stylish, they aren’t great for warming up your home, as heat can be lost between boards and through gaps. Walking on cold floor boards or even on stone/concreate flooring will make you feel much colder too.
Investing in new carpets can work out rather costly, so a good temporary solution is to use rugs as they can be taken up again and stored once the weather warms up a bit. Fluffy rugs can cover any gaps and help keep the home warm and cosy, they’re also lovely to walk on.
Close off rooms that aren’t used
If you have a spare room, junk room or an office that isn’t used often, it’s a good idea to switch off all radiators or electric heaters in it so you’re not warming it up unnecessarily.
This will allow you to keep the heat in the rooms you and your family want and need it in and to make sure any heat doesn’t escape into an unused room, always keep the door shut and plug any gaps underneath it with a draught excluder. You should also still make sure gaps and cracks in windows and floors are filled or covered.
Heating up a home is tricky but heating yourself can be easy. Making sure you have lots of snuggly jumpers, hot water bottles and slippers on-hand is the best way to keep yourself toasty.
You should also ensure you have lots of blankets and throws dotted around the house that you can pick up and wrap yourself up in. Blankets and throws can work great with your interiors too if you buy them in colours and patterns that compliment your décor. They can also be stored away in the warmer months along with any rugs and winter curtains.