Most of us do not like to be cold. That is why we are prepared to spend a significant percentage of our income on keeping our homes warm. Unfortunately, the cost of doing so is on the rise, so we thought it was time to put together some tips to help our readers to keep their homes warmer for less.

The basics

We have tried to come up with some less obvious ways to do this, but before we get started on those, we do need to mention the basics. That includes insulating your home, checking heating oil prices NI  before you buy, looking for the best power tariffs, and keeping the doors closed.

If you do these simple things, you will greatly reduce the amount of heat that is leaking out of your property. You will also be making sure you are not paying more than you need to for your power or fuel.

However, as you will see when you read on there is far more that you can do.

Use heavier curtains

If you use curtains in your home, opt for heavier, lined ones whenever you can. Doing so will reduce the amount of heat that leaves the room through the windows.

Seal your windows in the winter

A high percentage of heat is lost through your windows, so the more you can do to insulate them the better. Not everyone can afford to fit double-glazing or replace old windows.

Fortunately, there is another potential solution, which is to use an inexpensive kit to seal your windows completely. During the winter, most people rarely open their windows, so covering the whole window in a lightweight transparent film is far more practical than you may think. It is cheap and an extremely effective way to stop heat from leaking from your home. You can find out more about this system, here.

Arrange seating close to heat sources

Most families do not actually use the entire room. For example, in a living room, most people sit on the sofa or easy chairs. Therefore, it makes sense to arrange those items of furniture close to the heat source. That way you can have it turned down lower. Just be careful not to put flammable items too close. You do not want them to be scorched, or worse, catch light.

Make good use of soft furnishings

Items made from fabrics provide a level of physical insulation in your home, as well as having the added benefit of making a room seem cosier. If you have tile or stone floors, the simple step of putting some rugs down in the winter will make it far easier for you to heat that space.

Providing throws for the family can also help to reduce your heating bills. When someone feels a bit chilly, all he or she has to do is to grab the wrap off the back of the sofa and use it to feel warm again.

Simple little tips and tricks like those we have shared above really can make a huge difference, so we encourage you to try them.