With winter really beginning to set in most of us are starting to feel the effects of the drop in temperature. Although keeping our house warm in winter is always a bit of a financial strain, with energy costs still rising it’s more important than ever to make sure we are doing everything we can to keep our houses warm and avoid spending more than necessary. Below we’ve compiled some simple DIY tips to save you money and keep you toasty warm this winter.
Change your energy supplier
If you’ve been with your current energy supplier for a while then you may not be getting the best deal available to you. It’s worth checking prices with other companies and calling your current provider to see if there is anything better they can offer you. Shop around and don’t be afraid to ask for a discount. There's many energy saving providers available to source online too for your business: http://www.projectlower.co.uk/
Use tin foil
To prevent unnecessary heat loss form radiators you can use heat reflective tin foil behind them, which reflects the heat back into the room – this is especially useful for radiators on external walls. You can buy tin foil specifically for this purpose fairly cheaply, or if you are struggling you can use kitchen foil, although this is not as effective.
Check your curtains
Curtains are a great way to protect your house from losing heat – you should make sure they have a thermal lining, the thicker the better. This is a relatively inexpensive way to keep your house warm so it’s worth investing in. If you don’t want to replace your current curtains you can buy thermal lining yourself and attach it. With heat loss reduced by up to 25% this is something well worth doing. However, it’s also important to make sure you let the sunlight in during the day to get as much natural heat as possible. Closing your curtains just before sunset should maximise your chance of retaining heat.
Seal your chimney
Nowadays most fireplaces in homes are decorative rather than serving any real purpose. If you have an open fireplace in your house you could be losing heat through your chimney. To avoid this, the cheapest option is to install a chimney balloon which you can pick up for around £30 or less.
Double glaze your windows
Double glazing is very effective but also very costly. If you can’t afford it, the cheap alternative is to buy a special film that can be put over single glazed windows, imitating the effect of double glazing. You can’t open your windows whilst the film is on (although who wants to in December?) – But the film is fairly cheap so you could redo this if you have to from time to time.
Clear your radiators
If you have large pieces of furniture in front of your radiators, like a couch, it may be worth re arranging them for the winter. You may prefer your room this way, but a couch in front of your radiator is absorbing all the heat and preventing your room from warming up as quickly as it could be.
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