19 easy ways to save energy (and money) this winter

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19 easy ways to save energy (and money) this winter

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The summer was a lovely respite from the hell of high heating bills and wasted energy, but don't think that you can't save a lot of money during the cooler months too. 

Heating engineers have plenty of advice for saving money in your home this winter, so we've taken some of this on-board and, because we're so good to you, we're willing to share our new found pearls of wisdom.

If you yearn for a super cosy living room but don't want to remortgage just to pay your gas bill, read on as we're getting thrifty and warm at the same time!

1. Close all your internal doors to keep the heat in

2. Cook smart by making a week's worth of meals in one go

3. Get sensible with your clothing purchases and turn down the thermostat (while you pop a jumper on!)

Stilt Wardrobe: modern  by Barnby & Day, Modern
Barnby & Day

Stilt Wardrobe

Barnby & Day

4. Keep your heating on a constant low rather than up and down

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Feature Radiators

Bordo steel column radiator

Feature Radiators

5. Swap out the summer bedding for a high TOG value duvet

Chalet Gstaad Rustic style bedroom by Ardesia Design Rustic
Ardesia Design

Chalet Gstaad

Ardesia Design

6. Add fabric and not electric blankets to your bed

7. Get blankets for all your sofas and chairs too

8. Turn down the shower pressure a notch. Nobody will notice!

9. Leave the oven door open when you're done cooking. It'll heat the room while cooling

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Our Industrial Showroom

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10. If you have a range cooker, add covers to your hotplates to insulate the heat

Brilliant Bethnal Green Industrial style kitchen by Propia Industrial
Propia

Brilliant Bethnal Green

Propia

11. Fill the fridge as a full one wastes far less energy than an empty one!

Marseille Distressed Granite Top Assembled Kitchen Island Country style kitchen by The Cotswold Company Country Wood Wood effect
The Cotswold Company

Marseille Distressed Granite Top Assembled Kitchen Island

The Cotswold Company

12. Be cooker ring efficient. Small pans only need the small ring

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Twenty 5 Design

Contemporary Kitchen in Huddersfield at Bradley

Twenty 5 Design

13. Don't block heat sources, such as radiators, with a sofa

SUNSET STRIP RESIDENCE Modern living room by McClean Design Modern
McClean Design

SUNSET STRIP RESIDENCE

McClean Design

14. Do your laundry at 30° instead of 40°. This actually makes a huge difference!

15. Air dry clothes instead of putting them in the tumble dryer

16. Switch off and unplug things you don't use much, like irons and washing machines

17. Rinse crockery off straight after use instead of waiting to do a full wash

The Cotes Mill Utility Room by deVOL Rustic style kitchen by deVOL Kitchens Rustic
deVOL Kitchens

The Cotes Mill Utility Room by deVOL

deVOL Kitchens

18. Block the chimney if not in use with a chimney balloon

Charnwood Cove 2B Boiler Stove: country  by Direct Stoves, Country
Direct Stoves

Charnwood Cove 2B Boiler Stove

Direct Stoves

19. Draw heavy curtains to keep draughts out!

For more winter-ready tips, take a look at this Ideabook: Get Your Home Winter-Ready Right Now (And Feel Smug).

Know any more good money-saving tips for winter?
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