I reckon that most of us have already visited our thermostats this week and bumped up the heating in our homes – it’s been quite chilly and it’s only going to get colder! Winter is the season during which our bank accounts are rendered as desolate as the weather, not just due to the expense of gift giving and Christmas festivities, but because of the increased electricity bill! Unfortunately it’s not just our energy bills that skyrocket, it’s our greenhouse gas emissions too, meaning that the warmer we are, the more we damage our natural environment.
Because we’re all about sustainable living, we’ve come up with a couple of ways that you can keep cosy in your house this winter, whilst being conscious of your carbon footprint.
How to Keep Warm in Your Home this Winter
Around 40% of your home’s heat escapes through uncovered windows – heavy, lined curtains which fall beyond the edges of your window frames will help to insulate them more and keep that warmth in! Keep the windows and curtains closed as much as you can to prevent draughts – it can also be a good tactic for doorways, for example putting a large curtain on the inside of the front door to reduce draughts.
Blankets & Bedding
Blankets are an obvious way to get snuggled up this season, and large cable knits are the design to get your hands on this autumn/winter! It sounds obvious, but you should always focus on people, rather than your home. So make sure you’re kitted out with thick fleeces, woolly jumpers, slipper socks and extra duvets for yours and your family’s comfort!
We love to advocate other conscious companies; Eat Sleep Live is a Nottingham-based furniture company who design and create incredible bespoke furniture from reclaimed wood. They source their materials from heritage buildings and unused farmhouses all over the UK so that they don’t contribute to the chopping down of virgin wood, playing their part in reducing the impact of deforestation. On their sparkly new website they have the Hudson solid wood blanket box and the matching rustic wood beds collection so that you can store away your winter blankets!
An insulated house can use up to 45% less energy for heating and cooling than a non-insulated house. Essentially, the money you spend installing the insulation will be saved in the long run when your energy bills are slashed! Here’s an interesting statistic; if you added up all the cracks in your average Victorian home, it equals a 1 by 1.5 metre window in your wall that is constantly open! So seal up the gaps using weather stripping and gap filler – even a door snake will help trap in that heat!
- Install pelmets on the top of your windows
You can buy ‘invisible’ pelmets which sit above your curtain rod and prevent cold air from entering the room. There are loads of DIY tutorials on the internet showing you how you can make your own curtain pelmets, as they are another great way of stopping heat from escaping through your windows.
- Close off any rooms that aren’t in use
This may seem obvious, but closing doors really is an energy saver! If there are no people in the room, then don’t bother heating it! If your heating system allows you to turn it off in individual rooms then be sure to keep the empty ones out of the warming loop – it will save you money and energy by avoiding unnecessary warming.
October 28, 2016