One of the many downsides to being home all day is the increased electricity bill…
With cooler weather on the way and the family at home, your electricity bill might just double! Here’s how to keep your home warmer while using less electricity.
Dress your floors
Tiled floors help keep your home cooler in the summer, but they don’t stop cooling down the room when the weather is cold.
Covering your tiled floors in carpets and rugs can help keep your rooms warmer and make walking over the floor (even with shoes on) more comfortable. The thicker our carpets and rugs are, the better this will work. Rubberised carpets work the best because not only do they slip and slide less but the rubber also provides another layer of warmth.
You can add a rubber bottom to thin rugs by glueing old car mats underneath them.
Even with the heater on, a cold draft from a window or the door can sting. Make sure to seal and cover gaps in your windows that might allow cold drafts in. Do the same with your doors.
A trusty draft-stopping dog can do wonders below your doors. If you don’t have one, you can cover rolled-up newspapers in a towel and use it as a DIY draft stopper.
While air vents are necessary and should never be covered up, electric sockets in your walls can be covered when not in use. Although they can possibly bring in cold air, it is minimal.
Hang out in the kitchen
Appliances like the oven, kettle and dishwasher are all sources of heat. If they are going to be on anyway, why not make the most of that heat?
Hanging out in the kitchen is a great idea, especially if your kitchen is not part of an open plan living space.
Kitchens are made relatively small and become even smaller because of the space all the cabinets take up. This makes the space easier to warm and will become warmer by default because of all the heating appliances you will be using there anyway.
The thicker your curtains, the better
Blockout curtains are great for nap time and also shield you from some of the coldness coming from your windows. Even with the gaps properly sealed, your windows can still cool the room because glass is not insulating. Instead, glass takes on whatever temperature it is exposed to.
Thick curtains create a barrier between you and the cold glass of your windows. Hand-me-down floral curtains from the ‘70s may clash with your décor, but when it comes to warmth, duck fabric (cotton duck and less common linen duck) is awesome.
This hardy, thick fabric is durable and can keep cold air out and warm air inside.
Covering windows with sheets or thin blankets is the next best thing. Although it may not be the best look for your windows, it will make your space warmer.
If you do not have space on your rails or think your rails may not be strong enough to carry the extra weight, cover the windows directly using masking tape to secure a sheet to your window.
Close the door behind you
Small spaces are easier to keep warm. But this theory only works if you remember to close the door behind you keeping the space small.
Warming just one room, with the whole household spending time there instead of warming the entire house can be more cost-effective, and less labour intensive when it comes to keeping everything sealed up.