Keeping warm on a budget

Oct 2, 2023 | Sustainable living

Winter can be a beautiful and cosy season, but it often comes with increased energy bills as we try to keep our homes warm and comfortable. The good news is that you don’t have to break the bank to stay warm during the colder months. There are plenty of cost-effective ways to save energy and keep warm in winter without spending a fortune. Here are ten simple tips to help you achieve just that:

Seal Drafts: Check your windows and doors for drafts and seal them using weatherstripping or caulk. This will prevent cold air from sneaking in and warm air from escaping, keeping your home cozier and more energy-efficient.

Use Draft Excluders: If you have gaps at the bottom of your doors, use draft excluders or DIY alternatives like rolled-up towels to keep cold drafts out.

Maximize Sunlight: During the day, open your curtains and blinds to let in natural sunlight. It’s a free and effective way to warm up your home. Close as the sun sets to keep warmth in.

Layer Up: Instead of cranking up the thermostat, put on an extra layer of clothing. Wearing jumpers, socks, and cosy blankets can help you stay warm without relying heavily on your heating system.

Set Your Thermostat Wisely: Lower your thermostat when you’re not at home or when you’re sleeping. Invest in a programmable thermostat that can automatically adjust the temperature based on your schedule.

Use Space Heaters Sparingly: If you have a particularly chilly room, consider using a space heater. But use them sparingly and turn them off when you leave the room to avoid wasting energy.

Reverse Ceiling Fans: Most ceiling fans have a winter setting that pushes warm air down from the ceiling. Use this feature to distribute warm air more evenly throughout the room.

Cook and Bake: Cooking and baking can generate heat, so take advantage of the opportunity to make hearty meals and delicious treats. After cooking, leave the oven door open to let the residual heat warm your kitchen.

Maintain Your Heating System: Regularly clean or replace air filters in your heating system. A clean filter ensures that your system runs efficiently, saving you money on energy bills. Get your heating system checked once a year to ensure that is running at its full capacity.

Insulate Your Home: If you have a loft or crawl spaces, ensure they are well-insulated. Adequate insulation helps retain heat, making your home more energy-efficient.

Block Unused Rooms: If you have rooms in your home that you rarely use, close the doors and block any drafts. This way, you can focus your heating efforts on the rooms you actually occupy.

Practice Energy-Efficient Habits: Simple habits like turning off lights and appliances when not in use, unplugging chargers, and using energy-efficient LED bulbs can help reduce your overall energy consumption.

Hang Thermal Curtains: Invest in thermal curtains or add a second layer of curtains to your windows. These curtains are designed to keep warm air in and cold air out, reducing the need for heating.

Use Rugs and Carpets: Bare floors can be quite chilly in the winter. Adding rugs or carpets not only helps insulate your home but also provides a warm and cosy atmosphere.

Close Vents in Unused Rooms: If you have a forced-air heating system, consider closing the vents in rooms you don’t use often to redirect warm air to the areas you do occupy.

By implementing these simple and budget-friendly tips, you can save energy and keep warm during the winter months without breaking the bank. Not only will you enjoy a cosy and comfortable home, but you’ll also reduce your environmental footprint and contribute to a more sustainable future.

Sarah & Heidi xxx

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