How to keep warm this winter without higher bills

keep warm this winter

With freezing temperatures, a blanket of snow covering the country and more on the way, keeping ourselves toasty is top priority. But aside from all that fun snowman making, sledging and the joys of trying to get around in the white stuff, this cold snap also brings with it a costly reality.

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It’s estimated that £1 a day extra is to be added to the average heating bill, on top of the pressure of recent energy price hikes. That’s why it’s important to check out all heating options to best suit your household budget.

Portable heating

There is a range of different heaters out there, from plug-in gas heaters to electric oil-filled radiators, so how do you choose which one is best for your home?

While fan heaters can warm a room quickly, they also use a lot of power, leaving you with a big electricity bill at the end of the month. Electric oil-filled radiators are more economical. While they take a bit longer to warm up, once they’re hot they stay hot and most will have a thermostat that allows you to control the temperature. Check out the Homebase guide to buying heaters.

Central heating

If your house has central heating, then you’re likely to be nice and warm this winter but be careful – it can be expensive. To keep the bills down:

Don’t turn your thermostat up too high – even lowering the temperature by one degree can impact on your bills.

winter warmersPut the central heating on a timer so the house is warm when you wake up and when you return at the end of the day and turns itself off in between.

Turn off the heating in the rooms you don’t use by switching off radiators. After all, there’s no point heating the spare room when no-one’s sleeping in it.

Pay attention to the weather reports – if it’s unseasonably warm, switch the heating off or turn it down for a couple of days.

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Winter warmers

Top tips to keep you toasty this season:

1. Keep the heat on low

If you’re at home during the day, avoid the temptation to turn up the heat so you can walk around in a t-shirt. Keep the heating on low and put a few extra layers on instead, try to keep moving and indulge in some winter warming food.

2. Head out to the warmth

Your house isn’t the only place that’s warm. Make the most of free heating and go out for the day to places that are warm, such as libraries, children’s centres and shopping malls.

3. Warm up with friends

Take it in turns with a friend to spend the day at each other’s houses. That way you’re only putting the heating on every other day.

4. Go to bed early

Nothing beats curling up in bed in your PJs with a warm toasty duvet on top so make the most of it and go to bed early. Set the heating to go off earlier and it will force you to go to bed.

5. Go thermal

Invest in thermal underwear for you and the kids. Designed for the arctic, thermal underwear really does work wonders under ordinary clothes. It’s expensive, but still a big saving on heating bills if it allows you to turn the heating down – or switch it off.