How to winter proof your home

With the weather getting colder, you might find yourself wanting to turn up the heating system in your home.

However there are ways that you can make sure you stay toasty and warm in your home without resorting to too many extra heating methods which will put pressure on your power bill and put pressure on the environment.

These simple tips will help you to stay warm efficiently through the winter season.

Close the curtains

When you leave your home in the morning, make sure that your curtains are open. This will help your home collect heat during the day. When you get home or just before dark, close them. This helps to lock the heat that has been collected in.

The most effective curtains for this are thick and thermally-backed, fit tightly against the window frame or wall and reach from the floor to the ceiling. 

Seal the gaps

Your home may be losing a lot of heat through cracks and gaps around windows and doors. Use weather stripping and gap filler to plug these draughts and keep warm. If your door has a gap beneath it, consider using a door snake or even a rolled up towel to keep precious warmth from escaping.

Pile it on

If you're still cold, wear as many layers as you can around the home. Thermals and woollen items of clothing, as well as fleece jackets, are great for keeping toasty and snug. Make sure you have warm blankets and covers for your bed so that you don't get cold at night.

A hot drink
Have a hot cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate! Remember, if you head to a cafe, swap your takeaway coffee cup for reusable coffee cups – that way you can use them over and over again meaning less waste is headed for landfill.