How to keep warm this win­ter for next to noth­ing

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Open your win­dows for a few min­utes in the warm­est part of the day to in­crease ven­ti­la­tion and al­low mois­ture to es­cape m Close cur­tains as soon as the sun goes down m

Tempt­ing as it is in win­ter, try not to dry your clothes in­side to avoid in­creased damp

Block the chim­ney in any un­used fire­places m In­stall draught seals around doors and win­dows

In­stall DIY win­dow in­su­la­tion film as a tem­po­rary but very ef­fec­tive al­ter­na­tive to dou­ble-glaz­ing

Thick, ther­mal-lined cur­tains over all win­dows and French doors, prefer­ably with pel­mets

Use ther­mostats and timers to con­trol your heaters.

Avoid por­ta­ble gas heaters. They pump mois­ture and nox­ious gases into your home, mak­ing it damp, un­healthy and more ex­pen­sive to heat.

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