There are plenty of ways to make your home ‘warmer’ and more energy efficient, from replacing double glazing to new radiators and boilers but there’s no need to spend your savings or break the bank.
Here are some simple and affordable ways that you can make your home feel warmer without turning up the heat!
- Curtains and Blinds
It’s a common habit for people to wake up in the morning, open all their curtains and then leave for work the entire day. A large percentage of heat loss from the home is through the windows so be sure to utilise your window coverings.
- Close curtains before darkness starts
- Keep them closed whilst you are not home
- Open when it is sunny to make use of the free heat
- Choose thermal curtains where possible to help keep heat in
- Keep Your Oven Door Open
Simple yet effective – once you have finished cooking dinner in your oven then simply switch it off and open the door. As long as it’s safe and you don’t have small children running round then make the most of that heat instead of wasting it.
People often neglect to properly maintain and utilise their radiators which can make a big difference to how efficient they are and how much heat they provide.
- By bleeding them at least once a year you will release any trapped air inside which is preventing the warm water from properly circulating and help to heat your rooms quicker.
- If your room is arranged in a way which causes the main source of heat to be blocked by a sofa or furniture, then it may be time to have a reshuffle and ensure that all radiators are unobscured.
- Heat reflective foil on the backs of radiators can help to prevent heat loss by reflecting it back into the room. Good quality kitchen foil can work but there are cheap purpose made foils available that will be more effective.
Wooden, laminate or tiled floors can often let heat escape and feel cold underfoot. Use some thick, cosy rugs to help prevent heat loss, cover gaps, style the room and help to keep your feet warmer!
- Mini Drafts
Look out for mini drafts that might be causing heat to escape from your home. These can come in the form of an unused chimney, pet doors, letterboxes and even keyholes.
There are some simple, cheap solutions that can be used to correct them. For fireplaces a chimney balloon can cost around just £20 and completely blocks any cold air from coming in or warm air from escaping. A pet door can be filled with pieces of blanket or sheep’s wool insulation and letterboxes can be fitted with a ‘brush’.
If your windows are a little bit past it but you don’t have the money for replacements, then try to make the ones you have as efficient as possible. Self-adhesive rubber seals and insulating tape are very cheap and easy to fit yourself around doors and windows to patch up and fill gaps that are letting the heat escape.
- Additional Heating Solutions
Central heating is effective but costs a lot of money and often heating the whole home is unnecessary and inefficient, especially for those trying to prevent damp, frost or condensation build up in problem areas.
Places in the home that aren’t regularly used don’t feel the benefits of central heating and are often prone to moisture which can be problematic. These can include areas such as;
- Utility rooms
- Extensions / converted garages
- Spare bedrooms / unused rooms
Additional heating solutions like tube heaters are very safe, cheap and easy to fit. They can simply be plugged in to any electrical socket for constant, low level background heat to help solve any cold, frost or moisture issues.
- Draft Excluders
Door draught excluders come in various forms and are a relatively cheap and effective way to help keep in that precious warmth.
If you are so inclined, you can buy them ready made in the form of a cute shaped animal or maybe you want to make them yourself using foam pipe lagging or by stuffing socks with rice or lentils.
- Close Off Unused Rooms
If you have any rooms in your home that are rarely used such as spare or guest bedrooms then don’t waste money heating it! Turn the radiators all the way down or off completely and shut the door to so you don’t have to pay to heat it all winter!
- Heat the Person Not the Home
If you’re feeling a little chilly then don’t be tempted to automatically turn up the thermostat. Why not put on an extra jumper, some thick socks, get under a cosy blanket or make yourself a nice hot water bottle to help keep you warm instead of heating the whole house.