Now that Christmas is over and we are in the depths of winter, many of us are trying to find ways to keep our homes cosy and our wallets afloat. Sadly, a diminishing bank balance and a warm night’s sleep seem to come hand in hand. Luckily, there are some simple yet effective ways to manage the two simultaneously.
The multi-tasking oven
After you're finished baking or grilling your dinner, leave the oven door open and allow the heat to travel through your kitchen. The warm air will keep the kitchen nice and toasty and is a great way of utilising the energy you have already paid for. It is also a great excuse to cook yourself a nice hearty dish that needs high temperature cooking. Why not try a chicken roast dinner? It’s a perfect winter-warmer dish and will definitely leave you enough heat in the kitchen to last the evening.
Out-smart your radiator
We have been doing this in my home for years and it never lets us down. If you line the back of your radiator with tinfoil, it will reflect the heat back into the room rather than floating towards the ceiling. You can get a specific radiator reflective foil but regular kitchen foil will give you the same results.
Seal the nooks and crannies
More often than not, chilly drafts will creep in through the gaps between your floor and the bottom of the door. A simple way to avoid this is to place a door stopper where the draft is coming through. These are both cost effective and excellent at keeping out cold drafts. You could also look at sealing your window frames with caulk. By applying caulk around the windows, there will be no room for cold air to seep in. Caulk is inexpensive and you can find it at your local hardware store.
Let the steam out
If you’re having a hot shower or a nice bath (and your circumstances allow it), leave the bathroom door open and let the steam travel through the rest of your house. This will not only leave the other rooms a bit warmer but will also stop your mirrors and windows from fogging up.
If all else fails
While I have complete confidence in the above tips, there is a lot to be said for the old favourite, the trustee hot water bottle. Filling your hot water bottle and leaving it in your bed for twenty minutes before you get in is the most under-rated heating system that ever was. It will keep your toes snug all night long.
Don’t forget about the pipes
While all of the above are great during the hours when you have your heating switched off, remember that it is a good idea to turn your heating on for at least an hour in the morning and if possible again in the evening. This will keep your pipes from freezing, and don’t forget that if they do freeze and burst and you have your home insured with us, you can count on 123.ie to clean up the mess.