Cosy up in­doors this win­ter

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When the tem­per­a­ture drops out­side, don’t suc­cumb to frosty fin­gers in­side, along with heat­ing bills that are lit­er­ally through the roof. these sim­ple DIY jobs will help your home stay toasty warm, while sav­ing money.

1 Line your cur­tains Pre­vent heat loss through win­dows by hang­ing thick cur­tains. Choose ones with a ther­mal lin­ing or line them your­self with fleece. Don’t for­get to let in nat­u­ral warmth from sun­light dur­ing the day.

2 in­su­late your Loft In­su­lat­ing your loft is a vi­tal job as a quar­ter of heat is lost through the roof in an unin­su­lated home. If there’s no damp or con­den­sa­tion prob­lems, fit rolls of in­su­la­tion be­tween joists, then add a sec­ond layer across the joists.

3 Wrap ex­posed pipes Cover ex­posed hot wa­ter pipes by wrap­ping them with pipe lag­ging. The in­su­lat­ing foam tubes pro­tect against the cold and make heat­ing more ef­fi­cient. Note the pipe di­am­e­ter be­fore buy­ing.

4 Look for draughts Even small draughts can make a dif­fer­ence. In­stall a brush or flap to your let­ter box and cover key­holes, too. Add brush draught ex­clud­ers be­neath ex­ter­nal doors and patch up gaps around win­dows and doors with easy-to-fit in­su­lat­ing tape.

5 free your ra­di­a­tors If there are large pieces of fur­ni­ture in front of the main ra­di­a­tor, they may be ab­sorb­ing the heat. Try plac­ing a shelf above the ra­di­a­tor to chan­nel heat into the room. A foil panel be­hind the ra­di­a­tor will also re­flect heat and stop it es­cap­ing.

6 set a timer It’s a myth that keep­ing your heat­ing on all day is more ef­fi­cient. Set timers so heat­ing warms up grad­u­ally rather than turn­ing up the ther­mo­stat as soon as you get home. Re­mem­ber to shut doors of un­used rooms to keep heat con­tained.

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