Stay well and warm this winter
01 October 2022
By Hayley Carmichael
As the cost of living crisis bites and energy bills go up keeping your home warm can be a challenge. We’ve got some ideas to help you stay warm and well without turning up the thermostat…
Have a warm home without breaking the bank
Energy costs money. And in colder weather we all see our bills go up and the current cost of living crisis making it much harder for people to heat their homes.
For some this means choosing a colder home to save on bills. But if our homes drop below 18 degrees then it can start to impact our health, particularly for those with respiratory problems.
So we have some top tips to help you stay warmer, without adding to your bills.
Block drafts – draft excluders are easy to make, you don’t even have to sew! Just roll up an old blanket or small rug and use that across doors to keep the heat in.
Close doors – while closing an external door is obvious, we can sometimes forget to close internal doors. Keep all doors to a room closed so the heat can properly warm up the space.
Hang curtains – a curtain over a door will also help to keep in the heat. If you have blinds on windows think about hanging some curtains too. And if you already have curtains, invest in some thermal lined ones to help hold in the warmth for your home.
Keep radiators free – move furniture that sits in front of radiators, so the heat can reach the room more easily. If space is an issue just move it a few inches in front so the air can circulate.
Layer up – wrap up in several layers of clothes, they will keep you warmer than one big layer, and if you get too warm you can just remove one. You could keep a couple of small blankets or throws on the sofa and wrap up in one to watch TV.
Use extra heat when safe to do so – if you are cooking something in the oven, don’t close the oven door when you are finished. Leave it ajar and let the heat come into the room as the oven cools. Please be aware this is at your own risk and judgement, leaving a hot oven open could be a burns risk especially with young or vulnerable people in the home.
Create a nest! – feeling cold in bed makes it hard to sleep. We need warmth under as well as over us, so if you feel cold at night try adding a blanket or spare duvet under your sheet. Extra blankets and throws over the duvet on top of you too will also help layer in the warmth, and a hot water bottle popped in 20 mins before you go to bed can help create a cosy nest! Do be hot water bottle safe though, they can be a burn and scalding risk. Alternatives to hot water include oat bags that you can heat in the microwave which have less scalding risk.
Pop on a hat – we lose a lot of heat from our heads, so if you are feeling the chill at home, pop on a warm beanie and feel the benefit.
For more advice with heating your home there are organisations that can help. If you live in Brighton try contacting the Brighton & Hove Energy Services Co-op.
The energy saving Trust operate a national advice scheme.
The National Energy Action group are also very informative.