I don’t know about you, but I really feel the cold. I’m always in my dressing gown, and sometimes even sleep in it! Living in an older house it can get quite cold so I’ve decided to share with you my top tips on preparing your home for winter.
- Loft & wall cavity insulation. Last year we were offered free loft & wall cavity insulation as part of a government scheme on older houses. There’s always something being offered, whether it’s a new boiler, insulation or solar panels, it’s worth checking to see if you qualify. The insulation has made a huge difference to the temperature of our house in the winter, and we have found ourselves putting the heating on less and less. I definitely recommend looking into this, even if you have to pay for it, because in the long run you will end up saving money on your heating bill.
- Wrap up! There’s nothing better than snuggling in your dressing gown and slippers with a cosy blanket. You can pick up really lovely throws or blankets in places like Primark and Matalan for really good prices if you don’t want to spend a lot, or if you fancy splashing out a faux fur blanket will become your new best friend. Wrap up and avoid putting the heating on that little bit longer.
- Candles. There’s something really special about lighting candles in autumn and winter. It’s dark earlier, it’s colder and we are staying indoors more. Get yourself some lovely smelling candles and add a calming glow around your living room or bedroom.
- Electric heaters. If you have a small house likes us it doesn’t take that long to heat up. If you don’t want to put the heating on, then a small electric heater might be worth investing in as the nights get cooler. Or if you do have the heating on and it’s still freezing then an electric heater will be perfect for adding a little more heat to your home.
- Update your radiators. How old are your radiators? Do they need updating to improve the heat output? When we live in a flat we had electric radiators that were pretty rubbish, until we learned how to use them! They spent the day filling up with heat, which is then let out when you open the vent. Electric radiators are actually pretty good if you use them correctly. If you’re thinking about getting new electric radiators click here to take a look at some from Best Electric Radiators.
- Curtains. We have absolutely no curtains in our house but I think it’s time we did. Blinds are great in the summer, but nothing beats shutting out the cold with a lovely pair of curtains. Not only do they look nice, but they help keep the cold out, so i’m definitely thinking about getting some this winter.
Those are my tops tips on preparing your home for winter. I hope you’ve found this post helpful. Let me know if you have any tips you would add to my list.
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