Winter warmer ideas that will keep you cosy
Winter has blown in at full blast. offers some tips on how to keep yourself warm and your heating bills down.
WINTER has bitten hard and even the warmest of homes are feeling the cold.
But rather than turning up the heat, thrifty householders are looking for cost-effective ideas to help them stay cosy.
There has been a surge in demand for products that help reduce heating bills and make homes less draughty, according to a popular eco-retailer.
Nigel Berman, founder of www.nigelsecostore.com , says a simple £19.99 booster that helps radiators work more efficiently is the company’s best seller.
He says: “Radiator boosters use a small fan to capture heat lost out of the back of the radiator then circulating it into the room. They can reduce room heating time and bills by up to 10 per cent – all for a running cost of about 30p a year.
“They are adjustable, have a built in thermostat and could save an average household from £70 to £140 per year,” says Nigel, whose letter-box eco flaps £23.99, which stop draughts blowing through the door, are also selling well.
“We’ve found that an increasing number of people are thinking about energy use and how they can reduce household bills by investing in innovative products. The added bonus is that these products also have a positive benefit on the environment and cut back on waste.” make-do-and-mend version of stuffing one leg of a pair of tights with old rags. Keyhole covers will help eliminate draughts from your keyhole and cost under £10. Or use masking tape for a budget option.
Blocking the gaps around the edges of the ground floor or in between your floor boards can save you around £20 a year. Use a DIY sealant, strips of insulation or newspaper between the floorboard gaps. Insulating under the floor boards is the best option to reduce heat loss in this area and will save you more money.
Stop cold coming down the chimney with a chimney pillow, also known as a chimney balloon. It costs £22 from Nigel’s Eco Store and is a simple, inexpensive way to stop chimney draughts, reduce noise and heat loss. Easy to install and remove, a chimney pillow is an inflatable bag made from a special laminate. They have been specially designed to be easily positioned, while allowing a little ventilation up the chimney. They are completely safe and shrivel up if heated by accident.
Give your radiators some TLC. Air in your radiators can reduce radiator heat and efficiency, so make sure they are bled regularly. Visit the Energy Saving Trust website for clear and precise instructions. Also try radiator reflectors. Fitting radiator reflectors stops heat being wasted on warming the wall and they help circulate hot air into the room – so you can turn the thermostat down. Each degree turned down can save 10 per cent on your bills. You can buy radiator reflectors from DIY stores like B&Q and they start at about £4.
Wear lots of thin layers of clothing, rather than just one bulky item. This helps keep body heat in.
Hanging thick curtains on the front and back doors helps insulate. Heavy velvet is excellent for this or fashion one from an old blanket. Fold over the top and sew, leaving space to thread a pole through.
Don’t forget to be prepared for emergencies. Boilers often break down in this weather and pipes freeze. Invest in an inexpensive halogen heater. They are cheaper to run and much more effective and pleasant than a fan heater. They even give off a warm glow. Argos has a large one at half price this week for £17.49, though you can also find them at good, independent electrical shops and DIY stores.
Nigel’s Eco Store www. nigelsecostore.com and visit the Energy Saving Trust website for more ideas www. energysavingtrust.org.uk
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