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Clever ways to insulate your house

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Although Spring is officially here, the nights are still chilly which means that unfortunately, it’s not quite time to turn off the heating just yet. The great news is that you may be able to get away with turning the thermostat down a notch or two with these clever ways to insulate your house.

Indoor Window Insulator

Double and secondary glazing is very expensive so if you can’t afford it or you live in a rented property, an indoor window insulator kit could be the perfect solution. The kit comprises of a set of film sheets which look just like cling film. The sheets apply easily to the inside of your windows and they shrink tight and wrinkle free so you would never know they’re there. You can visit the Energy Savings Trust website for further details.

Draught excluders

It’s so simple but draught excluders really are effective. All you do is place them along any doors that let a lot of cold air in and instantly your home will be better insulated.

Line your floors with rugs and mats

Believe it or not, your house actually loses a lot of its heat through the floor. Wooden floor beams might be nice and cool in the summer but unfortunately, in the winter they make for a very cold house. The good news is that this can be easily rectified by lining your floors with some cozy rugs and mats.

Shutters

If there’s one thing that the UK is familiar with, it’s cold winds and heavy rain. The thought of snuggling up on the sofa in conditions like this is all too tempting but rain and wind can quickly reduce the temperature of a room, forcing you to turn up the heating. The great thing about shutters is that they can help you to avoid paying extra on your gas or electric bills. Shutters act as a barrier which drastically reduces the amount of heat lost through your windows. They are also great at insulating against draughts coming in from outside.

Loft insulation

We all know that heat rises so as well as losing heat through floor boards, we also lose a lot of warmth through our roofs. In fact, a whopping 25% of the heat our house loses is via the roof. It’s normally easy and straightforward to insulate a roof and in some cases, you may even be able to do it yourself. This is something that is well worth doing because the average detached house in the UK can save an impressive £240 a year on their fuel bill by doing so.

Let in any light

It may be tempting to close the shutters, curtains or blinds when the sun is out in full force and shining in the room but by doing this, you’re missing out on valuable free heat. Whichever side of the house the sun is shining on, try to let in as much light as possible and you will notice the house is much warmer.

Don’t drain your bath water

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If you’ve just had a nice hot bath, don’t drain the water away until it has cooled down. Chances are when you’ve finished soaking, the water will still be pretty warm so leaving it there will help to increase the temperature of your bathroom. As well as this, doing so increases the humidity in the room and higher humidity will hold heat in the air for longer. Remember however, this tip will only save you money if you were planning to have a bath in the first place. Running a bath just for this reason would be expensive and inefficient.

 

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