July 19, 2018 | JJ Taylor

1. Use your curtains

As the air gets cooler, it can be difficult to stay warm at home. In winter, your curtains aren’t just there to look pretty. Up to 40% of your home’s heat can be lost through your windows and drapes. When it’s cold inside, keep them shut as they’ll help to trap the heat in where it’s needed. On the other hand, if the sun’s beating down, make the most of it and keep your curtains open so your house will warm up. That’s the best free heating you can get!

2. Are you insulated?

Your home should always be fully insulated during winter. If it isn’t, heat will flow out and your electricity bill will not be pretty at the end of the month. If you dont have the time or money to insulate your home before winter, you should focus on insulating your roof before all else.

3. Keep everything shut

When you’re heating a room the doors should always be shut tight to keep the warm air in. This way you’ll only be warming a small space rather than your entire house. Another tip is to pop some under-doors seals on your doors to keep the heating in the room.

4. Focus on people, not your home

Heating an entire house will costs you thousands, so the key to staying warm this winter is to remember to focus on warming people not your home. Invest in throws for the living room, hot water bottles and get the whole family inside before shutting the doors and cranking the heat.

5. Check your heater

Every heater is not created equal – some will suck power and blow out cold air, while others will be ultra-efficient and effective. That’s why it’s such a good idea to get your heating appliances inspected by a licensed electrician at the beginning of every winter season. If one has a problem they’ll be able to identify the problem and fix it which could save money off your heating bill.