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7 Cheap and Easy Ways to Keep Your House Warm This Winter

Are you looking to reduce your heating bill without a big investment? You’re in luck because we have put together a list of 7 cheap and easy ways to keep your house warm in winter.

Some of these options add heat to your home, reduce heat loss, or keep the heat where you need it. Here are some effective strategies for keeping your homes warm.

1. Close All the Rooms You are Not Using

According to Heating oil company Petro, closing doors to create a “pocket of heat” in 1 room, or to lessen the amount of space in your home to heat, allowing warmer air to stay in the rooms you are using.

Is there a room in your home that is always colder than the rest, no matter what? Then, if you are not using that room, make sure you shut it off, so it does not absorb valuable heat from the rest of the house.

Also, make sure to turn off any radiators in there, in order to make sure you do not waste energy.

2. Put Foil Behind the Radiator

Here’s how you can keep your house warm with some easy foil insulation:

Directions:
1. Cover a thin sheet of card using tinfoil.
2. Then place it behind your radiators. If you are feeling a little crafty, you can make it T-shaped so it sits on your radiator brackets. Doing this will reflect the heat back into your rooms, which means they warm up faster and retain more heat. If DIY is not your thing, you buy a ready made foil insulation.

3. Roll Out a Rug

Yes wooden floors look lovely, but they can also let heat escape right under your feet. Placing a warm rug covers up the gaps, and ensures your toes stay toasty.

4. Candles as a Room Heater

You can read all about candle-powered room heater here. This is a good source of emergency heat for people who are living in small, rented homes. This is a useful reminder that we can meet our basic needs with a little creativity, ingenuity and some simple materials.

5. Use the Curtains

Heat that is coming from the sun is free, therefore, make the most of it. Open your curtains, then let the sunlight in during the day to make use of this free heat.

When it gets dark, close your curtains, this act as another layer of insulation and keep your rooms warm. Also, you should make sure you do not have any gaps or leaks, so that the warm air can stay in, and the cold air stays out. This will help to reduce condensation.

6. Use the Oven

Once your dinner comes out of the oven, you all close the door again. But why waste that heat?

You can leave the oven door open, then let the heat transfer slowly into your kitchen. This will help keep your house warm while you eat.

7. Use Creativity in Your Insulation

You can use any spare foam pipe lagging as a door draught excluder, or you can just cut a section to fit the bottom of your door, and then slide it on to form a tight seal against the floor. Also, you could use spray foam insulation to fill any gaps and cracks in your walls or at the back of cupboards. Make sure to check the can for all safety precautions.

But, if you want to take it up a level, call the professionals in to install loft insulation, and prevent all that warmth from escaping through the roof.

Sources:
MNN
The Conversation
Time

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Lisa is a researcher in beauty and health products from Australia. She spends most of her time studying health sciences and when she is not working she writes about her findings and experience on various blogs.

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