Energy prices aren’t getting any cheaper, no matter how much we’d like that to be the case. As such, the way we manage our usage and costs is having to be watched even more closely, to stop expenditure souring out of control and affordability.
While there’s lots of good that can come of shopping around and getting the best possible from deal from our utility providers, there are smaller, more affordable measures we can take within our own homes that will slowly add up to make a massive difference long term – and you can enhance your space whilst doing so, too.
Windows, especially those that aren’t double glazed, can be a real drain on heat. If left undressed, or with poor quality curtains or blinds covering them, the insulation provided will be minimal, and you’ll be leaking heat and increasing costs as a direct result. Cheaper fittings can often look unappealing too, and with windows being such a prominent design feature of any room, it would be a shame if they were to ruin or detract from the overall design aesthetic.
If you were to upgrade your curtains or blinds through a company like Direct Blinds, you’d be guaranteed an exceptional quality of product, whilst also raising the visual appeal of your living space. Offering both style and insulation, you can match a good quality blind with a double lined curtain and guarantee yourself as much trapped heat as possible, which’ll lessen the burden on your boiler significantly.
While this may seem like a somewhat old school suggestion, draught excluders can serve a brilliant purpose. By keeping the entrances and exits to your home as well covered as possible – especially if you’ve an older wooden door that lacks its own insulation – you’ll be stopping heat from needlessly escaping outside.
While these can be quite unappealing and cumbersome to look at, in recent years there has been a real effort to modernise their aesthetic, without compromising on their practicality.
Perhaps not what you’d immediately associate with keeping utility costs down, one area that can make a house feel colder than it actually may be is the flooring – especially when it isn’t carpeted. By investing in a thick, good quality rug for the areas of the house you’re most likely to walk in barefoot, you’ll make the underside of your feet that bit warmer, which will make a real difference given just how much body warmth we lose through our feet.
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