How to keep your rental flat warm over winter?

It’s that time of year again, and no doubt fights have been starting in house-shares all over the country over how often to have the heating on and at what temperature. If you’re on a budget, or hoping to do your bit for the environment, then here are some ways to keep your house warm without turning the heating up.

1. Draught excluders

Got a draughty house? That breeze will be cooling you down more than you think! Covering the bottoms of doorways with anything from spare blankets to ‘sausage dog’ excluders can make the room warmer and let you turn that heating down without feeling a difference! If you really want to push the boat out, cover up letter boxes, key-holes and cat-flaps too.

2. Blankets, blankets, blankets!

Blankets can instantly transform a room from cold to cosy and come in all sizes and thicknesses. Dot them around your place to warm you up when you’re watching TV or to go over your duvet at night. Try to pick one in a soft fabric which can go in the washing machine.

3. Heat carefully

Think about when people are in the house, chances are it’s only mornings and evenings. Try to have it on with enough time to warm the bathroom up for the dreaded morning shower and then again in the evening once everyone’s back. Go for a lower temperature for a longer time – blasting the heat for an hour will use way more energy than having it on low for 2.

4. Use tin-foil

Make your GCSE physics teacher proud by reflecting the heat back into the room! Wrap some card with tin foil and put it behind your radiators, there’s no point putting time and effort into organising your heating if half the heat is just going into your walls.

5. Don’t crowd your radiators

If you’ve got a sofa right in front of a radiator then it probably means that the room isn’t getting any heat. Keeping furniture away from the radiator means heat reaches further and also decreases the fire risk!

6. Insulate hot water pipes

Tired of waiting for your shower to get hot in the mornings? If you put some foam tubing around your hot water pipes, you won’t have to bear the cold for so long and you won’t need to worry so much about unnecessary energy wastage.

7.  Leave the oven door open

If you and your housemates spend a lot of time in the kitchen, you may as well use the heat from the oven to warm you up while you eat! Once you’ve finished cooking, just leave the door open and let the heat circulate!

8. Thick curtains

Windows can make or break the temperature of a room, especially if you don’t have double-glazed windows. Closing your curtains once it gets dark with thick curtains (or draped blankets) keeps heat in the room far more effectively. They’re also great if you live on a busy street for keeping out sound and light.

9. Use rugs to keep the floor warm

Rugs will keep your feet warm and stop heat from escaping, plus it’s a great opportunity to give your house more character.

10. Put up wall hangings to keep some heat in

Channel your inner hippie and put some hangings up around your house – you’ll keep the heat in and look edgy while you do it! If you’re really suffering in the cold, you could even hang up some thick rugs.

If your house is definitely colder than average, then maybe talk to your landlord about putting more insulation in your walls/loft, or even installing double-glazing!

Finally make sure your insurance is up to date just in case any of your stuff might get damaged by the cold or a frozen pipe. You can get a quote in minutes by clicking here.

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