After our recent near crisis of losing our heating and hot water when the boiler failed a few weeks ago, I’ve been a lot more mindful of not taking heat and hot water for granted as the weather starts to get colder. I’m also a lot more aware of how much our monthly direct debit for the heating bills is as the Winter months approach us. We have a Smart Meter which means that we pay for what we use, and whilst this is a great bonus for not having to pay estimated bills, it does mean that from November onwards, I usually cringe a little more when opening the email with the monthly figure that is to be debited from our account.
Whilst I don’t want to have to get creative on a daily basis to stay warm without heating, I have realised that we can make some tweaks to compromise on the heating bills but staying warm at the same time. Instead of sitting around in just a t-shirt, I am often found with thick pyjamas and a fluffy blanket through the Winter months. When Hubby mentions it’s cold and goes to twist the thermostat up slightly, I tell him to get a blanket for himself now. Why else is our airing cupboard full of them?
A few years ago when we redecorated the kitchen we turned the radiator off as it’s hidden and we decided it was wasted energy by heating something where the heat couldn’t escape into the room. Instead now when I have finished cooking, I will leave the oven door open so the heat escapes into the room. Our kitchen is very small and it’s amazing how quickly it warms up from the left over energy from the oven.
As a family we gravitate to the lounge and that is where we seem to stay. At the moment our dining room is being used as a storage facility for my Mum’s belongings so our dining table is also in the lounge. As we spend most of our time in this room, this is the room that is warmest. We keep the door shut to keep the heat in and it makes so much difference. Upstairs we make sure all the bedroom doors are left open so the heat that is rising from the hall won’t get trapped with nowhere to go on the landing.
I try not to drink too much coffee in a day and can often be found using my flask to keep the caffeine consumption low. A nice hot chocolate after school for Miss A is a great way to keep her insides warm when she comes in out of the cold. Warm drinks are so much nicer in the Winter and they really help to warm you up at the same time.
What are your top tips for staying warm this Winter? Premier Bathrooms have some great tips on keeping your energy bills low this Winter.
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