Cut the heating & a sheepskin slipper giveaway
1. Stop the drafts
Draft excluders and door snakes are your friends. Drafts can be responsible for 40 percent of a home’s heat loss and they can be pretty easy to fix, even in old creeky houses like ours.
Draft excluder is a fancy way of saying, foam, rubber or furry tape. It’s available from hardware stores and you cut and stick it to the frame of opening windows and doors.
The humble door snake can do wonders for gaps at the bottom of doors. Although trying to stop a toddler from using it as a puppet can be challenging.
2. Heavy duty curtains or blinds
Glass is lovely to look at, but it loves to transfer heat. So if you’re trying to keep the heat in or out, thick curtains or blinds will make a huge difference. They’re great for keeping the heat in for winter and out on ridiculously hot summer days.
3. Timers on heaters
Provided your heater is safe, you can make sure the forgetful ones in the household don’t waste energy by using timers on all the heaters. Set them to start half an hour before you get up in the morning and turn off before you head out the door. At night, set them half an hour before you come home and off before you go to bed. It’s so nice to come home to a toasty home and avoids the temptation of running the heaters a full blast.
4. Leave oven open after you’ve finished cooking
There’s no reason to waste all that heat. Just let it out after you’ve finished with the oven. This is particularly nice in open plan spaces.
5. Ceiling fans
If you have a ceiling fan, find out if it has a winter setting. Many have a switch on the body of the fan. The idea is it slowly rotates in the opposite direction to summer so that the blades push the rising hot air back down.
The bonus tip and my personal favourite:
This may sound trite, but my sister-in-law shared this secret and it works. She won’t turn the heating on until everyone in the family has their sheepskin boots or slippers on, because we feel toasty if our feet are warm. It’s worth investing in some good quality tootsie warmers. You won’t have to turn the heaters up as high.
Sheepskin Slipper Giveaway
Our lovely sponsors at Canterbury Sheepskin are very serious about keeping feet warm and they are giving two of our readers a pair of sheepskin slippers. You can choose from Casey ($122.69 USD) or Chris ($109.06 USD).
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How do you like to keep warm in winter?