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Winter is on its way, and with the rising price of energy worrying a lot of people, it is time to think about what we can do to keep the cold out this Christmas. A lot of people just don't have the cash to invest in double glazing, insulation or a new heating system, so we have rounded up some quick and cheap ways that you can use to help you save money while heating your home:
You may have noticed that some radiators have tin foil behind them, and there is a good reason for this. If a radiator is attached to an external wall, the use of tin foil behind them will help to reflect the heat back into the room instead of it just disappearing through the wall. Specially designed heat reflective aluminium foil is available for this purpose and usually costs around £10 a roll. If you really want to save money you can try using good quality kitchen foil, although it won't be as effective.
One of the main ways to protect your house from losing heat through the windows is the use of thermal curtains. These are a relatively cheap option and the thicker they are, the better. You can also try lining your existing curtains with fleece if you don't want to splash out on buying new ones. Another option is to use a strip curtain as an extra layer over both your windows and external door. These cold room curtains will act as a protective layer while still allowing for ease of movement.
One of the other advantages of using freezer strip curtains is that you can easily open them to allow sunlight in, which is a great free form of heat. Then you can whip them close at dusk to retain that heat for as long as possible.
Insulate Your Chimney
It is fairly common these days for homes to have fireplaces that are merely decorative. If you are not using your fireplace for fire, then you should consider insulating it to prevent cold air from escaping. You can buy a chimney balloon for about £20, which can be placed inside the chimney hole and then inflated until it shuts out incoming cold air or escaping heat. Do not light a fire while it in situ though as this will cause huge problems. You can also get woollen chimney insulation which is a little pricier, but again do not forget to remove it before starting your real fire.
Use Your Radiators Wisely
Once you have put your heating on, you need to make sure that you are doing everything you can to allow the heat to circulate within your home and not be lost out of windows or walls. Make sure that there is no furniture placed in front of your radiator as this will just absorb the heat. If your radiator is below a window, consider putting a shelf in to stop the hot air rising and going straight out of the window.
These are just some of the ways you can help to keep your home warm this winter. For more information on our cold room curtains, please call us on 0333 999 7171 or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org