Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Keeping Household Costs Down this Winter


One thing I find about Winter is that it always seems to cost a lot more. You spend more time in the house, the heating is on more, and if your anything like me then you just can't get warm no matter what. 

So here are a few tips on what you can do to try and keep your costs down at winter. 

1. Wrap Up Warm
Rather than blasting the heating on, it is much cheaper to add an extra layer. Find your thickest jumper and chuck that on, or snuggle under your warmest blanket. Did you know that you can loose a lot of heat from your feet? So there is nothing wrong with wearing big fluffy socks indoors or even a snuggly pair of slippers. Sounds silly but for when I am working on my computer I even wear fingerless gloves to keep my hands warm. If you already own the items then all of this costs nothing to keep household costs low. 


2. Close Your Doors
There are certain areas of everyones house that easily looses heat. The landing for example. So when you do put the heating on, its best to try and close doors and keep the heating inside that room. It is surprising how many little sneaky area's there are in our houses that let the heat escape.

3. Get it fixed! 

That hole in the door, that gap in the skirting, that hole in the roof. All of these could be things that you might want to start to think about getting fixed. In the long run you would spend a lot more money keeping the house warm with heating than it would to spend a little cash getting the problems fixed. And if you are needing the money fast and don't have it available you can always think about getting yourself a loan from somewhere like cashlady.com which would help you with those well needed home improvements. 

4. Turn it off! 
I will admit I am terrible for this myself but it is something that I am trying to do a lot more off. But as you go out for the day, turn the heating off. It is nice to come home to a nice warm house, BUT if it is anything like my house then it does heat up quickly and you will soon feel the benefit as you warm up along with the house. It is also possible to put your heating on timers so then it turns off at bedtime and comes on in the morning. 

5. Insulate 
With this I don't mean pull down your walls and throw insulation behind it. (Although that definetly could be done in some places of my home) I mean hunt out where you can feel the draught and use things like draught excluders to keep the heat in. You would be surprised where you feel drafts coming in. I have a built in wardrobe in my house and when stood next to it I can feel the cool draught blowing against me. So I have a draught excluder in front of my wardrobe now. Every little helps!

How do you keep your costs down in Winter?



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22 comments:

  1. Very good tips to keep the cost down. We never turn our heating off when we go out. Ģ

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  2. Very good tips to keep the cost down. We never turn our heating off when we go out. Ģ

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  3. So many different ways to save thanks

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  4. This was a great piece to read. Got a few tips from it. Thank you.

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  5. Finances are an ISSUE :- As you mention Winter can be a difficult time due to fuel costs. Fuel Poverty is an ISSUE which should be tackled / dealt with by the Government on behalf of its Public, particularly the vulnerable. Hypothermia can kill, maim, lead to costs for Health and Social Care, as well as the individual/s, their families, friends, community, etc.

    Wrapping up Warm:- Seems Sensible. Historically something that was practiced frequently. Particularly prior to central heating. Layers seem to work. I do tend to wear layers for outdoors. At home I try to ensure that I get sufficient warm drinks (tea, soup, etc) and warm/ hot food. As hydration and nutrition are important aspects.

    Rachel Craig

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  6. Wrap up Warm:- Thermals.

    Rachel Craig

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  7. Grear tips

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  8. Great tips, I top up double on the gas in the colder months, I need to get my window seals fixed as the draft through them is ridiculous xx

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  9. Close curtains / window blinds. Keep the heat indoors. Also by not seeing / viewing bad weather (snow, rain, effects of wind, etc) can concentrate / focus on warmth within the home.

    Rachel Craig

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  10. Great tips. I don’t use all the radiators in the hose eg the kitchen is warm enough from using the cooker. Similarly one bedroom is seldom used so that gas the radiator switched off when not in use

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  11. Turn it Off :- Not too sure on this one. As can take some time for room to warm / heat up. So wonder if it is safer and possibly economic to turn heating down, rather than off.

    Rachel Craig

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  12. Good advice I'm so guilty of putting the heating on too much I get so cold

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  13. Close doors :- A request I frequently make. Closing doors, insulation around doors, etc can make a great difference in maintaining warm within home / room / rooms.

    Rachel Craig

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  14. We are trying the tinfoil trick behind the radiators and we're also opting for robes in the first instance rather than blast the heating on all the time - i'm convinced it's not good for you!

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  15. I'm on a limited budget so try not to turn the heating up if I can avoid it. I wear thermal underwear which makes a huge difference, and in particular thermal leggings which really help stop my legs from getting cold. Lots of hot drinks also helps. I'm a big fan of fruit teas, as they don't have caffeine but do contain vitamin C, so better for you than coffee or ordinary tea.

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  16. I'm a person who gets warm very easily so usually NY heating bill is non existent but since having my daughter it's dramatically increased as she's a very cold baby

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  17. I always keep the thermostat at 16 it’s ample to keep the house warm and then if I feel a chill I will put a jumper on or wrap up in a blanket

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  18. Get It Fixed :- DIY (Do It Yourself), Handyman. What options are available / possible? Financial costs, etc.

    Rachel Craig

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  19. Wondering just how much Winter Fuel Bills, Poverty, Fuel Poverty impacts upon Winter Crisis situation within the NHS (National Health Services).

    Could the British Government do more in order to Protect the Public in regards to Hypothermia, Fuel Poverty, Poverty, Winter Crisis within the NHS, etc?

    Could Fuel Companies do more to assist customers in managing fuel bills:- Particularly during the stressful Winter period.

    Could Philanthropists, Charities assist the Public during the Winter period?

    Rachel Craig

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  20. We moved in August and our living room is freezing compared to the rest of the house, I literally have the heating on and my children have their bedroom windows open, but downstairs in the living room its freezing xx

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  21. Recent community event offered session where participants could make draught excluders from old clothing. Recycling .

    Rachel Craig

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