How to keep it warm (and cheap!) this winter
How to keep it warm (and cheap!) this winter. Budget-friendly tips and tricks. Things you can do right now, to keep your family warm this winter.
Change energy supplier.
Being loyal customer doesn’t always mean you get the best deal. Shop around. Some suppliers offer price freeze for winter or no-hassle switch! Always read the small print though. Make sure you won’t get a financial penalty for changing suppliers, or that the switching process will cost you more than the overall savings.
Use a programmable thermostat, energy saving apps and wireless remote controlled energy saving kits.
Use everything that will help you to take control of your heating. Your energy supplier smartphone app will help you control your energy and heating when you’re not at home. You can switch the heating off, while you’re at work and make it nice and cozy before you go back.
Wireless Remote Control Energy Saving outlets ‘think’ for you by ‘turning off electrical devices left on standby mode. They reduce your monthly electric bill and prevent the release of carbon emissions by shutting off appliances not in use’.
Use draft guards, candles, and tea lights
You’ll be amazed at the difference a small thing like tea light can make! If you light enough tea lights in simple small candlelight holders, you can actually feel the temperature change. This trick works better in small rooms, but you can make a difference in big rooms, too. You just need to smartly locate candles and tea lights to warm the whole room evenly. Use candles with caution though! Don’t leave them unattended, and be especially careful when you have kiddos.
Buy and hang thicker curtains!
Such a small trick can do wonders during long winter evenings.
Use reflective radiator foil
Ask for a specialist advice
Hire a local firm that that specializes in checking if you need insulation, double glazing or damp protection.
Eat a lot of hot meals!
Like soups and stews!
Change appliances to energy efficient ones.
It’s time to take a closer look at your kettle, lamps, and boiler. Make a change to energy efficient models. They can save you hundreds in the long run.
Buy and use a Crockpot (or an Instant Pot)!
Both are time and money savers. Can’t say enough good things about those two!
Go easy on Christmas lights.
Cut down the number of Christmas lights during the festive season. You use candles or battery-operated lights as an alternative.
Send your boiler to the doctor!
Hire a specialist to check your boiler before winter starts. Just make sure it’s not on the blink. Regular check-ups will save you money in the long run.
Use antifreeze pipe wrap
Preparing your pipes for the winter can save you a lot of heartache. These are especially vulnerable during the winter time (particularly in older homes). If you have never done it before, hire a local firm. It’s definitely money worth spending!
Hope you’ll find my tips useful.
Please, stay safe and warm this Winter!
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