Keeping warm in winter

Winter is drawing in fast. A glance out of your front window during the past few days will tell you that.

The wind is bitter and the rain seems to be never ending; on the up side you have the fire on and you are curled up on the couch, DVD ready to go. Just before you press play you run to the kitchen to fetch the popcorn. Brrrrrr! It’s cold out there.

It can be very expensive to heat your home during the winter. Here are a few simple tips to keep costs down, and heat up.

Check around your home for draughts from doors, windows, and fireplaces. These draughts can be easily fixed by using a door sweep or weather stripping.

If you have an open fire, try using that more over the winter and enquire in your local area about buying fuel in bulk and any delivery service by the company. This can save a considerable amount on costs.

To save on your utility bills, try turning off the heat at bedtime and use an extra blanket to keep warm. Although it’s very tempting to spend a cold morning under a warm shower, try cutting your shower time by half to save money on your bill.

If you live in an older house and you know the insulation isn’t at its best, you may consider getting it checked over or upgraded. This would be the best solution as it would be cheaper in the long run.

Finally, try and be more aware of your house habits. Keep doors closed to keep in the heat. Set your heating to only come on when it is most needed. Throw on another jumper, and it won’t take too long to get cosy and warm.

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