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Toasty tactics: Keep your home warm without central heating

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Winter's chill can be relentless, but cranking up the central heating isn't always a cost-effective solution. Fear not, because our quickfire guide will help you conquer the cold without relying solely on your heating system. From cheap heating solutions to ingenious hacks, get ready to transform your space into a cosy haven without breaking the bank. Let’s dive straight in!  

Seal drafts and leaks 

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Start by plugging those pesky drafts and leaks with weather stripping and caulking. According to a study by the Energy Saving Trust, sealing these gaps can save households up to £45 per year on energy bills.

Windows and doors are common culprits for heat loss, but a well-sealed home locks in heat, keeping everyone warm and snug. Don't forget to check for gaps in floorboards and skirting boards, as these often serve as secret passages for icy gusts to infiltrate your cosy haven.

Seal the deal and feel the warmth.

Invest in insulation

When it comes to retaining heat, insulation is your greatest ally. According to a report by the UK government, proper loft and cavity wall insulation can save households around £300-£400 per year on energy bills. These simple upgrades can make a world of difference in creating a warm, inviting home. So, blanket your home in a cocoon of warmth, ensuring the heat you generate stays where it belongs - indoors.

Maximise natural heat

Bask in the sun's warmth rays by keeping your curtains open during the day, allowing natural light to flood your space. Aside from making your home warm and bright - it may have the same effect on you, as the sun’s natural light has been proven to make us happier and healthier.

At ground level, pop down a plush rug or two to add some chic, cosy insulation – they’ll retain heat and prevent it from escaping through chilly floors.

Explore alternative heating solutions

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Explore innovative heating alternatives such as heated throws, energy-efficient heaters, and the age-old charm of wood-burning fireplaces. These nifty gadgets offer localised heating, creating a warm, snug environment without heating the whole house.

Heat the human, not the home

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Don't underestimate the power of layering up when it comes to staying warm at home. Embrace the cosiness of soft blankets, snug sweaters, and fuzzy socks, creating a warm cocoon to shield yourself from the winter frost. Layering isn't just a fashion statement; it's a practical and effective strategy to combat the cold without cranking up the thermostat. As Martin Lewis (Money Saving Expert) says, ‘Heat the human, not the home.’  

Can candles heat a room?

We’re glad you asked! While candles can add a warm, ambient glow to your space, relying on them as a primary heating source is not advisable. While candles contribute a small amount of heat, their primary function is to create a cosy atmosphere rather than significantly raise the temperature. Our super-chic bioethanol fireplaces provide heat and turn heads, making them a savvy alternative way to heat your home.

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Kickstart energy-efficient habits

Incorporate energy-saving habits into your daily routine, such as using appliances wisely, ensuring proper ventilation, and maximising natural heat sources. By adopting these practices, you’ll keep your home warm and reduce energy bills, contributing to a more sustainable and wallet-friendly approach to warmth this winter.

Alternative ways to heat a home

Here’s a quick recap of the heat-saving strategies we’ve covered:

Seal Drafts and Leaks

  • Apply weather stripping and caulking to windows and doors.
  • Check for gaps in floorboards and skirting boards.

Invest in Insulation

  • Invest in loft and cavity wall insulation for better heat retention.

Maximise Natural Heat

  • Keep curtains open during the day to let sunlight in.
  • Use rugs and carpets as insulators to retain warmth.

Explore Alternative Heating Solutions 

  • Consider heated throws and energy-efficient space heaters for localised warmth.

Heat the Human, Not the Home 

  • Layer up as much as possible with blankets, woolly jumpers, and fuzzy socks

Bioethanol Fireplaces for Warmth & Cosy Ambience  

  • Consider a Bioethanol Fireplace for warmth and style.   

Adopt Energy-Efficient Habits

  • Use appliances wisely and ensure proper ventilation to save energy.

With these savvy home-heating tips, you can bid adieu to shivering nights and soaring heating bills. Stay snug, stay smart, and revel in the joy of a warm, cosy home all winter long!

Don’t forget, our blog features dozens of interior tips, how-to guides, and belly-warming recipes to keep you going this winter and beyond. We’ll see you there!

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