Cover floors with area rugs: Especially if you live in an old house, warm air can be escaping through your floorboards or cold air coming in. This is especially true for original wooden floorboards or stone floors. Use area rugs to insulate your floors and keep your feet warm.
Use your fireplace or seal it: Sitting around a toasty fire can be a perfect way to stay warm during the winter. You could even rearrange your furniture, so your favourite chair gets the best warmth from the fire, but be careful not to get too close as it can be a fire hazard. If your fireplace is decorative, stop heat being lost up the chimney by making sure it is sealed off thoroughly as it can be an area where warm air escapes and cold air enters the home. Sealing is quick and easy and a chimney balloon can be bought for around £25, to help minimise the draft. There are many types and sizes, but which ever one you invest in, ensure you remove it before lighting a fire.
Give your radiators space. Try to avoid placing large pieces of furniture in front of any radiators. We tend to move sofas as far back into the room as possible, but that can mean it sits against a radiator. It may look best, but that beloved piece of furniture is absorbing the heat.
Be on time. Most modern central heating systems have a variety of controls including timers. Setting timers can not only make your time at home cosier, but it can also ensure that your home is not being heated unnecessarily like when no one is home. Take a look at your heating system or thermostat to learn how it can help reduce excess heating.
Shop around for cheaper energy. You could save money without making any changes to your home just by shopping around for the best energy deals. These services save you money by offering the cheapest cost for your gas and / or electricity.
Insulating your whole house professionally can seem expensive. If you are in Great Britain, we recommend looking to see if there are any government schemes that can help provide assistance or do it for free under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme. This is a government energy efficiency scheme to tackle fuel poverty and help reduce carbon emissions.
Under ECO, medium and larger energy suppliers fund the installation of energy efficiency measures in British households. You can find out more from the Governments Environment Programmes.