Monday, 12 October 2015

Energy efficient ways to stay cosy and warm this Winter


 I can't believe we are already in October, and it is already getting SO cold. I am a real Winter girl, so i don't mind so much!! I love going out all wrapped up in my big thick coat and hat, scarf and gloves!
This winter I am looking at energy efficient ways to keep myself and my family cosy and warm this Winter, so I thought i would share them with you! :-)





Curtains 

This year i spent a bit extra on new Curtains for the kids rooms. Usually i get the prettiest ones i can find that don't cost the earth, but this year I bought fully lined curtains. I hear these are great for keeping the heat inside in those colder months.
You could even add a curtain in front doors to keep the heat in your front room. Dunelm Mill have a great range of lined curtains to choose from.




Heaters

Most houses have central heating these days. If you live in a large house or an older house you may find that you need a little bit extra heating in the Winter.
Adding an Electric heater or 2 will do the job without costing you too much if you shop wisely. There are some fantastic Electric heaters available online.




 Insulating

Lost insulation can be very expensive, but it doesn't have to be!
Rolls of foam Insulation can be bought cheaply, if you have the DIY skills in you then give it a go!
3 rolls of 8 inch deep foam should be enough to give most lofts an important layer of protection. Remember to wear a face mask and goggles as well as protective clothing when doing this job.




Tips!


Clear your radiators. Try and avoid placing large pieces of furniture in front of them. At least in the short-term, the sofa you love by the radiator could be absorbing heat.

 Watch out for mini-draughts. Lots of draught comes through the letterbox,. It's worthwhile putting an extra barrier there in the form of a "brush". They may be a nightmare for junk-mailers trying to force through that 15th pizza takeaway offer, but they could prevent a chill breezing through the house.

Stop heat being lost up the chimney. It's now fairly common to have fireplaces that are merely decorative. If you're not using yours then you should consider a chimney balloon. There's an amazing amount of heat that can be lost through an open fireplace. A chimney balloon, made from a special laminate, can be bought for about £20 and works by being placed inside the chimney hole, just out of sight. It's then inflated until it completely shuts out any incoming cold air or escaping heat. Just be sure not to start a fire without removing it.


Thank you for reading and i hope you all have a cosy, snuggly and toastie Winter!





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