Photo by MGShelton
It doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom! There are lots of ways to have a lovely cosy winter without losing all your money to energy bills. Read on!
Embrace the romance of cosy nights in.
Share baths and showers with your lover (saves water!).
Turn off the T.V, get offline.
Snuggle up under duvets amongst cosy cushions surrounded by candle light.
Make a log fire with scavenged wood.
Read, write, draw, knit, sew, talk, laugh, have a drink.
Make love to keep warm.
Go to bed early and talk under the covers.
Decorate, re-arrange, dance, exercise, organise and potter about if you'd rather get your blood flowing.
Wear outrageous socks and cheap fluffy slippers.
Customise them with felt moustaches or eyes or butterflies.
Make heat packs with wheat or rice or dig out your old hot water bottle.
Put them in your bed to make it warm and toasty.
Make sausage dog draft excluders (with moustaches) for every door in your house.
Make belly warmers!
Accumulate wintery things from charity shops/thrift stores and friends and relatives with too much stuff: Soft blankets that can be flung over sofas, chairs and beds all over the house for when it gets chilly. Old clean duvets to put under your sheets for extra warmth (it’s like sleeping in a toasted tea cake!). Big thick cosy curtains for all of your windows to lock in the heat when the sun goes down. Sheets of fabric for lining thinner curtains. Half burned candles. Jumpers and hoodies and long sleeved tops.
Make sure you’ve got the cheapest energy providers.
Check your house from top to bottom for drafts and block them.
Get a draft excluder for your letter box or stuff it with an old tea towel when the postman’s been.
Stuff newspaper up the chimney if you’re not using it.
Get those sausage dogs out.
Swap all you light bulbs for energy saving ones, apparently it saves you about £7 per year, per bulb!
Put tin foil (or the actual proper stuff that will work better) behind all radiators to reflect the heat into the room.
Make sure none are blocked with furniture or piles of washing. Turn down the radiators in hardly-used rooms.
Turn down your water heater until the water comes out just above perfect shower temperature.
If you have a boiler see if it needs a winter jacket!
Make sure there are gaps behind fridges and freezers to help them stay cool.
Collect recipes for belly-warming soups, casseroles, stews, curries and chillies that can be made in batches to be frozen in microwavable portions.
Cook a bunch of the recipes at the same time - filling the oven up saves tons of gas/electric and time.
It also means you can buy vegetables and stuff in bulk to save money, knowing they’ll all get used up while they’re still fresh (try market stalls for the best deals!).
Develop these frugal habits to squish your energy bills right down:
Finally, create “ambience” with music, friends, laughter and love….and light those half-burned candles - you’ll feel warm and cosy on the inside, at least!