Home warming hacks: stay toasty and save money
These easy tips will make your heating go further and save you some dosh.
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It’s the time of year when there’s a chill in the air. But the last thing you want is a chill in your house.
Stop Jack Frost making himself comfortable on your sofa with our heating hacks. They’ll keep your home toasty and you might save on your heating bills too.
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Our top tips:
Use a draft excluder
Shut your curtains in the colder parts of the day
Shut the doors to the rooms you aren’t using
Cook some hot food
Invest in some rugs if you have tiles or floorboards
If your sofa is in front of the radiator, move it
Turn the heating on 30 minutes before you need it
Turn the dial down by one or two degrees
Get rid of drafts
If there’s a gap under your door, try covering it with a draft excluder. This’ll stop any cold air creeping in.
You can make one yourself quite easily. Cut a leg off an old pair of jeans, stuff it, and sew up each end. You can get even more crafty and use different materials or designs if you like.
Or you can get one on Amazon relatively cheaply.
You can check for any other drafts simply using a candle. Hold it up to your window frames and if it flickers you may have a draft.
You can fix these using draft excluder strips which you apply to the window frame. Make sure you follow the instructions on the pack before you apply them though.
Or you can fill in the gaps using a paste known as caulk. This hardens in the gaps and seals them. Again, check the manufacturer’s instructions before you start using it.
Shut your curtains
Leaving your curtains open during the day when it’s sunny will keep a room warm without you having to turn on the heating.
When night falls, close your curtains. They’ll add an extra layer of insulation which will make your central heating go a bit further.
Shut your doors
If you aren’t using a room, shut the door and turn off the radiators. Heat can escape into these rooms, which is a waste if no one is using them.
Shut the doors to the rooms you’re using too, this will keep the heat in.
Cook hot food
One way to warm up your home – especially if it’s on the smaller side – is to cook hot food.
Any steam, frying or oven-cooking will create heat, making your space warmer. So wait until after you’ve cooked to see if you need to turn up the heat.
Buy some rugs
If you have a tiled floor or floorboards, it’s likely you’ll lose some heat through it.
A rug will keep some of the extra heat in. And it’ll feel cosier on your feet.
Move your sofa
Move any furniture that’s in front of the radiator. The heat will be able to circulate more effectively.
If you can’t move the furniture, try a radiator reflector or fan.
Radiator fans sit on top of your radiator and start up when the radiator comes on. It helps the heat to circulate around the room.
Whereas reflectors sit behind the radiator. Heat often gets lost here, but the reflector reflects heat into the room creating a warmth.
Turn on the heating 30 minutes before you need it
Some people may think an effective way to heat the home is leaving the heating on low all day. Generally, this isn’t a great option for money saving.
The best way is to put on the heating as and when you need it.
Set a timer for 30 minutes before you want the heating on. This is how long it usually takes to heat up a home.
Set the timer to switch off 30 minutes before you want to turn off the heating. It’ll still emit heat when it’s cooling down.
More of us are working from home now, so you’ll get to know the chilly times of day and when you need your heating. Usually this will be first thing in the morning and the evening.
Take a look at our guide on saving energy while working from home for more information.
Turn down the thermostat dial
Turning the dial down on your heating by one or two degrees could save you hundreds per year too.
And if you follow our other tips, you may not even notice the drop in temperature.
If you want to know more, our energy efficiency guide can help.