Stay Warm this Winter and Save Some Money
A Log Burning Fire to Warm the Coldest of Toes
Simple Ways to Help Stay Warm and Save Money
Here are some simple ideas to help you stay warmer this winter whilst saving some money.
Minimise Heat Loss From Windows and Doors
Keep your curtains and blinds open during the day to allow the winter sunshine and light to flow into your rooms so it can both brighten and warm them.
When the dusk starts to fall shut your curtains and keep the room's heat locked in. The thicker the curtains you have the better and thermal backing on curtains can help as well.
Don't place curtains or furniture in front of your radiators as this blocks the radiator heat and directs it away.
Heat is often lost through your external doors as the draughts creep in. Covering these doors with curtains or covers when the darkness starts to come down will make a bit of a difference to the warmth in your house. There is no need to buy new curtains for your doors as any blanket, fleece or old cover will do the same job of keeping the cold away.
The benefits of Natural Light
Even in winter the benefits of natural light are plentiful. Opening your curtains during the day to allow your rooms to bathe in the winter sunlight is believed to both warm your rooms and also to uplift your mind.
Even in winter the sun can raise the room temperature if shining through a window. This all helps to keep the heating turned off during the day.
The sun shining in will not only provide light and enable you to keep those lamps switched off and therefore save some power, it will also make your home look a lot more inviting and welcoming.
Research is still in it's infancy but the evidence seems to suggest that exposure to natural light has a positive and helpful effect on us humans. It speculates that the inflowing sunshine, even in winter can lift our moods and make our whole world seem a better place.
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Stay Warm From the Inside Out
Make Some Scottish Lentil Soup
- Add vegetable stock either your own or a vegetable stock cube to boiling water.
- Add chopped carrots, onions, turnip and leek to the water.
- Add red split lentils
- Season with salt and pepper as required
- Boil then simmer till cooked.
Serve with warm homemade bread for a hearty warming lunch. This soup is low fat, healthy and takes no time to make. The delicous smell from the soup and the bread will waft through your house, leaving you mood a little happier and your heart just a little bit warmer.
Homemade Bread with Soup or a Warming Casserole Brightens up Those Cold Days
Hearty and Healthy Meals - Winter Warmers
When you come in from the cold with tingling toes and red cheeks, nothing warms you up like a bowl of warm soup. Soup is inexpensive to make and the beauty of it is you can make it from any vegetables you have in the house. Because it cooks in one pan it saves you money rather than cooking a lunch or dinner that burns multiple cooker rings and the oven.
The one pot money saving idea doesn't have to stop at soup. You can cook up a storm of delicous dishes with tender meat, healthy vegetables and mouth watering sauces. The wide variety of one pot meals and easy web access to recipes means that you have the choice of thousands of dishes. One pot meals range from the more exotic chicken and couscous to the warming chicken and braised veg hot pot.
I stay within easy walking distance of numerous shops; back in the winter of 2010 I couldn't buy bread anywhere. We had really deep snow and the deliveries just couldn't get through. Since then I have always keep plenty of ingredients at home to make homemade bread. Homemade bread tastes better, smells great and works out economical as well. You can also buy mixes rather than the ingredients, which could be kept in a cupboard for emergency use.
Remember those hot drinks as well. Hot Chocolate, tea and coffee give a welcome warming feeling when drunk and the decaffeinated versions allow for a healthier option. Only fill the kettle to the water level minimum if it is all you need as boiling a full kettle costs more money.
Making easy, nutritious meals and using less power whilst you are doing it, is a winning situation all around.
How to Make a Draught Excluder from Old Socks
Use Draught Excluders to Keep the Cold Out
Draught Excluding - Can Save Cash
Your granny and your mum had one, and they were usually right. Draught excluders may sounds like a scary 1970s throwback but the thing is they do work.
Using draught excluders at your doors can cuts down on heat loss and keep the place a little warmer. You can buy a draught excluder for a few pounds at discount shops or you can make your own.
To make a simple excluder - Cut out a rectangular shape using old material you no longer need and stuff it with more unwanted material. Use a sewing machine or hand sew the edges.If you want to customise your excluder you can add an animal face and ears just for fun!
It won't cost you anything, it will be fun to make and it should keep the draughts out and save you some money.
Scotland's Wildlife in the Winter
Wear it Well - Winter Warmers
Wearing the right clothes can make a huge difference to your body temperature:
- Layer it up. Wearing multiple layers instead of a thicker top will build up the heat.
- Wear woolen, synthetic and fleece materials to keep those temperatures up.
- Long woolen socks will keep feet and legs warm.
- Remember your slippers as well.
- There are no rules to say that you can't wear a woolen scarf in your house. So wrap up and keep the cold out.
- Thermal underwear isn't just for grannies. When the temperatures are below minus extra layers will make a big difference to your body temperature.
- Wear bed socks to keep your feet from chilling down overnight.
- If it is really cold in your house grab that wooly hat and wear it with pride. How you feel inside is the only thing that matter not how you look and you may even look quite bohemian and cool in it!
Remember Your Cosy Slippers
Save on Heating Bills and Still Keep Warm
We have no power over the weather, we can't magic up money and unfortunately we have no voice to lower the energy prices.
What we do have is the ability to get the best from the things we have around the house, to recycle and to re-use, and to make some small positive changes.
These little changes won't stop the heating bills but what they will do is, allow you to make a small difference, enable you to make a few choices and hopefully to save you a just few pounds along the way.