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Did you know that taking steps to winter-proof your home can save you up to £888 on your energy bills? In this article, we look at 5 things you can do to winter-proof your home, save money and stay toasty this winter.
Just like that, the summer’s over, the BBQ’s put away and we’re all heading to the boiler and cranking the heating up a notch or two. But before you turn your heating up and leave it going all winter, make sure you’ve followed these 5 winter-proofing tips. Not only will they save you money, but they’ll help your house feel warm and cosy all winter long.
Bamboo’s top 5 budget-friendly ways to winter-proof your home:
Tip #1: Buy warm clothes, blankets and slippers before the cold weather kicks in
This is a tip you don’t see in many places, but it can make a huge difference. Before the cold weather kicks into full effect, make sure you’ve been out and got warm clothes that you can wear around the house and things you can wrap up in, including slippers, thick jumpers and blankets. The same applies if you keep your warm stuff tucked away in the loft or in a cupboard — dig them out before it gets cold. Why? Well, most people wait until it’s really cold to head out and buy warm clothes or dig them out of the cupboard, which means that you have a few nights of ‘I’ll go and turn the heating up’, driving up your energy bill when you could just throw a jumper on or wrap up in a blanket.
Tip #2: Make sure you’ve sealed any gaps in the floor
Did you know that the National Energy Foundation estimates that the gaps in your floors are responsible for 10% of the heat loss in your home? Now, if you don’t want to lay down insulation before the cold weather kicks in, make sure you’ve checked your floor for gaps — especially close to the skirting boards — and give them a quick fill with a filler. You can get draught-excluding fillers at most DIY shops, but any filler will do. On a similar note, if you don’t have carpet, consider throwing down a rug while it’s cold. They help keep the heat in the house rather than escaping through the floor.
Tip #3: Make sure you close your curtains at night
Even if you’ve got double-glazing or triple-glazing, this is still a great idea — curtains keep the heat in and the cold out. They also stop you being able to see the cold light from outside in the early evening which may trick your brain into feeling colder and stop you from relaxing. Talking of curtains: the thicker, the better. If you’ve got a pair of curtains that you love but that aren’t particularly warm, you can even try lining them with some warm, thick material if you’re handy with a needle and thread.
Tip #4: Give your radiators a once-over
There are two things you can do to make sure that your radiators are in A1 condition before the cold weather kicks in: bleed them and add some reflective material behind them.
Bleeding your radiator: bleeding your radiator is winter-proof your home 101 as it keeps them pumping out heat from the whole radiator, rather than letting air bubbles block off whole sections from working. And, best of all, it’s super simple to do. Just grab a bucket and watch this video from Big Brother winner turned Youtube handyman, Craig Phillips:
Giving your radiators a helping hand: the other thing you can do is make sure that your radiators are always pumping out the most heat they can, without cranking the heating up.
That means that you don’t want to leave washing to dry on the radiators (get a clothes horse instead) and you definitely don’t want to cover them with a sofa or furniture. If you want to go even further, these rolls of radiator reflective foil can help reflect the heat back into your house rather than letting it escape through your walls.
Tip #5: Keep your home toasty (but not too warm)
Experts say that to make sure your house feels warm, it needs to be between 18°C and 21°C. Now, we bet you’re thinking that you’ll go for 21°C, maybe 22°C to be safe. Right? Well, if you try to turn your thermostat down by just 1°C all winter, you could cut your heating bill by around 10% and save you around £85 a year.
If you’re really looking to winter-proof your home, we’ve written a lot of posts over the years, packed full of advice. Here are a few to check out:
Ten quick tips to prepare your home for winter: chock-a-block with quick jobs you can do to prepare your home for the colder months, from how to stop your pipes from freezing to clearing out your gutters.
How to budget for winter: the colder months are expensive. Work out how to make your money stretch further with this handy guide.
Get your home ready for winter on a budget: a more in-depth guide to things you can do to prep for winter without breaking the bank.
- Author The Bamboo Team
- Posted 13 December 2018