Keep your home warm this winter!

Keep your home warm this winter!

With the cold months just beginning, its important to make sure you keep warm in your home over winter. Here are some quick and easy tips for a warm home that save on energy and money!

#1 Thick curtains

The thicker the better to stop heat escaping through your windows. You can even put a curtain or rug up over your door to keep the heat in!

#2 Duvets and blankets

Swapping your duvet for a thicker one or layering up on blankets will keep you warm at night without having the heating on full blast.

#3 Sunlight

Provides free heat so let as much in as possible whilst its out, then shut them as soon as dusk falls to retain the heat.

#4 Draught excluders

Use this to stop the cold draught getting under your doors; you can purchase them cheaply or make your own by stuffing old tights with socks!

#5 Clear radiators

Avoid having items in front of your radiators; leave them uncovered so the heat can warm up your room.

#6 Cover bare floorboards

They look stylish but can make rooms feel cold. This is easily solved by covering your floors with rugs and floor cushions, which also double up as a lovely decor features!

#7 Setting heating timers

Its actually not better to keep the heating on all day! Setting timers for when you want the heat is much more efficient.

#8 Use tin foil

Putting heat reflective aluminium foil behind your radiators prevents heat escaping by reflecting it back into the room.

#9 Leaving bathroom and kitchen doors open

When you take a shower and when you cook, leave the doors open so the free heat generated can warm the rest of the house.

#10 Invest in a hot water bottle

They’re great for that extra bit of warmth without putting the heat on. Try putting one in your bed before you go to sleep too.

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How to be more environmentally friendly AND save money!

How to be more environmentally friendly AND save money!

Being environmentally friendly isn’t usually a top priority for most people, but World Environment Day is helping to put it at the forefront of our minds, and reminding us how important it is to protect our environment. And not only does it help our planet, it also helps us save energy and money! Read on for our type energy saving and conservation tips.

Heating your home

  • Layer up with jumpers, blankets and a thicker duvet when it gets cooler instead of switching the heating on
  • Having your heating on low constantly saves more money and energy than switching it on and off when needed
  • Reduce your thermostat by just 1°C and you could save you more money than you think!
  • Use draught excluders to keep the chill out and the heat in

 

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Conserving water

  • Turn down the pressure on your power shower
  • Take shorter showers and repair any leaky faucets
  • Fill the kettle with no more water than you need
  • Only do laundry or turn the dishwasher on when they’re full
  • Turn the tap off when washing your face, cleaning your teeth, doing the dishes etc.
  • Collect rainwater and water plants with used water from boiling pasta or from your bath

 

Day to day

  • Cook a few meals at once to make use of having then oven on
  • Use leftovers for another meal
  • Wash your clothes at 30°C and air-dry if possible
  • Cut down on meat and processed foods
  • Combine multiple errands into one trip to save fuel
  • Print as little as possible and try paperless banking and e-tickets
  • Switch off and un-plug appliances
  • Turn off lights when not in use (its not the Blackpool illuminations like your mum always says)
  • Walk or bike as much as possible, or try carpooling and taking public transport

 

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Go natural

  • Plant trees, flowers and plants, and start composting
  • Reduce use of harmful chemicals which pollute the air and water
  • Buy local and organic produce
  • Use more natural cleaning and beauty products
  • Be more aware of the resources your using including water, heating, travelling etc.

 

Reduce, reuse and recycle!

  • Buy products with minimal packaging
  • Cut out littering – this weekend is the Great British Beach Clean!
  • Start using reusable bags, containers, water bottles etc.
  • Stop using disposables such as razors and kitchen towel
  • Buy second-hand books (or go to the library) and other pre-loved items
  • Borrow instead of buying and try upcycling clothes and furniture
  • Recycle properly and cut down on waste

 

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