5 tips to a greener home

October 28th, 2015 by Harry

Does anyone remember household bills going down? No? That’s because prices are only climbing and as winter closes in, it’s time to start assessing how clever you’re being with your money. Heating is a huge drain on finances and it sometimes feels like there’s no alternative but to turn it up throughout the winter. Right?

Wrong! There are loads of ways to keep your home toasty throughout the cold English months, and none of them require a huge investment. Here are my 5 top tips for a warmer and greener home this Christmas…

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1.) Clear your radiators

This sounds super simple but you’ll be shocked at how many of your radiators are covered by sofas, beds, chairs and other furniture. Go through your house and clear everything from your radiators, it makes a massive difference! And it’s always refreshing to rearrange your furniture.

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2. Line your curtains

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. Having thermal lining on your curtains makes such a difference to the temperature of your house. Draughts come through every crack and if you live in an old house, you’ll be shocked at how much warmth escapes. Line your curtains with interlining or thermal lining and bathe in the furnace that will be your home.

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3. Cover your floorboards

Another obvious one. Draughts are tricksy and will get in to your home by hook or by crook. Don’t give them the chance and invest in a gorgeous rug to cover your floorboards and keep your home toasty.

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4.) Insulate your loft hatch

Make sure your loft hatch is insulated. It’s draughty up there which could make your Christmas a whole lot colder. While you get your tree down, insulate the loft using the same adhesive tape you’d use for doors or windows. It’ll make a big difference and save you a lot of energy and money.

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5.) Make your own draught excluder

This is a really fun activity to do on a Sunday afternoon and will keep the family busy for a while. It’s also an inexpensive way of keeping the heat in your home over the winter. You can make your own with old fabric and stuffing an old pair of tights with anything from rice to gravel. Find instructions here.

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