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Top Tips for a Cosy Home in Winter

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If last year’s weather is anything to go by, we’re in for a cold snap over the next few months, so we’ve got some tips for keeping cosy for the rest of winter

Smart Energy GB called in the help of property guru Phil Spencer of Location, Location, Location fame to bring you the best pointers for keeping warm and saving energy this winter, following a warning from the Met Office about the cold weather in store for much of the UK. Stay snug and save some pennies with the following tips:

  • Did you know it uses far less energy to keep a full fridge cool than an empty one? If your fridge is looking a bit bare before your weekly shop, use bottles of tap water to keep it full and running efficiently. 
  • If you’re planning on doing some redecorating, consider using a satin or semi-gloss paint on the walls, as they reflect heat better and will help keep the room feeling toasty.
  • If you haven’t already, replace regular lightbulbs with energy-saving ones – simple but effective, this move could save you up to £240 on your energy bills over the LED lightbulb’s lifetime. 
  • What could be better than coming home to a crackling open fire after a cold winter’s walk? Just make sure your chimney is always sealed when your fireplace isn’t in use – a chimney balloon, also known as a damper, is a great way to seal off the chimney and allow your home to retain more heat.
  • As much as we all love our hardwood floors, consider putting down rugs in rooms that aren’t carpeted to insulate the room and also prevent noise from travelling. 
  • Use a smart meter to monitor exactly how much energy you’re using – if you’re generally in control of what you’re spending, you can turn up the thermostat a degree or two for a cosy night in without feeling guilty.
  • It’s certainly not the most glamorous job in the world, but remember to vacuum the refrigerator coils – any dirt, debris or pet hair caught in the coils can make the appliance inefficient, costing you valuable pennies.
  • There’s no feeling like a long, luxurious shower under piping hot water, but a lot of power showers these days can use as much water in five minutes as it takes to fill a bath. Consider installing an energy-efficient shower head to save money on your water and heating bill. 
  • Go au naturel – let your clothes air dry instead of using a tumble-dryer, which use up vast amounts of energy. Plus, if you’ve already got the heating on, your clothes will dry quickly anyway. 
  • And finally, don’t forget to set your heating to a timer, so you won’t accidentally forget to turn it off – and rack up an unpleasant bill in the process.
Published in: January 2019

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