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  • MIRRY
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    • 19th Aug 06, 4:23 PM
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    • 19th Aug 06, 4:23 PM
    so far I have thought of the following;


    I will never use my tumble dryer again, I have purchased a BIG clothes horse today to hang all my washing on.
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    I will do all my baking in the evening so the oven heats up the house at the same time (killing 2 birds with one stone).
    • twink
    • By twink 19th Aug 06, 4:48 PM
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    twink
    • #3
    • 19th Aug 06, 4:48 PM
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    • 19th Aug 06, 4:48 PM
    i am using slow cooker more often, and if it is really cold i will fill a hot water bottle instead of putting the heating up
    • mookybargirl
    • By mookybargirl 19th Aug 06, 4:50 PM
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    mookybargirl
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    • 19th Aug 06, 4:50 PM
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    • 19th Aug 06, 4:50 PM
    What a good idea for a thread.

    (Most of these ideas taken from Your Home magazine)

    GAS
    Turn down the central heating thermostat down by 1 degree and you could save up to 10%.
    Draw your curtains at night so you don't lose the heat through the windows - thicker curtains in the winter will also help.
    Don't have the flames licking up around a pan on the hob, this is a waste, turn down the flame.

    ELECTRICITY
    TV's use more electricity while on stand by, turn them off when you're out at work etc and overnight.
    1 energy saving light bulb saves 7 per year so get changing some of those light bulbs.
    Defrost your freezer!! This will keep it running efficiently.
    Only fill the kettle with the water you need - all you money savers should be doing this one already.
    Washing clothes at 40 and not 60 uses a 3rd less electricity so wash some if your loads of not all at 40.
    If you use electricity mostly at night, ask your supplier about 'Economy 7'. This tariff means it costs less at night and more in the day. (I've not enquired about this one personally as I'm home some days).

    LASTLY
    Pay by Direct Debit if this is cheaper.
    Try getting a deal to have gas and electricity through the same supplier as this might work out cheaper. Check first though!!! And read the small print before leaving your supplier as they may add a penalty fee.

    EDIT : Also, Get an insulating jacket for your hot water tank (usually costs about 10) to stop heat escaping. This can save 15 per year.
    Place a piece of kitchen foil on the wall behind your radiators, siny side facing the radiator and save 10 per year on heating bills.
    Insulating your loft might be a cost but this could also save you a 3rd on your heating bills.

    I'm done!
    Last edited by mookybargirl; 19-08-2006 at 5:01 PM.
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    • jessicamb
    • By jessicamb 19th Aug 06, 4:51 PM
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    jessicamb
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    • 19th Aug 06, 4:51 PM
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    • 19th Aug 06, 4:51 PM
    I like this thread - I have a draught in my kitchen from under the sink - i dont know the cause but I've 'lagged' the cupboard with carrier bags from supermarkets so try and insulate it.

    Also I get a draught from the main door so I'll be getting a big heavy door curtain when I can find one I like (I'm thinking something rich thick and velvety like a stage curtain but the budget doesnt always think along the same lines )

    I was also thinking about adding linings to my lined curtains - will double lining them make any difference?

    There must be some more OS ideas that I can pinch though.

    I did read somewhere about turning down your heating by three degrees to have maximum impact on the bills but I like my warmth.
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  • Lillibet
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    • 19th Aug 06, 7:46 PM
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    • 19th Aug 06, 7:46 PM
    If you do boil too much water either store it in a flask or use it to clear a bit of washing up rather than running a bowl ful. At least that way it isn't wasted.

    Snuggle under a blanket on the sofa in the evening or when watching tv (even at breaskfast time if it's your morning wake up call!), with a hot water bottle if it's really cold.

    Use rolle dup towels at bottoms of doors as draft excluders.

    Stop up any cracks around windows etc with expandable foam (V. cheap & effective)

    Get a roll of the sticky foam & put around outside door frames, it really is v. effective

    Fit covers over locks, you'd be suprised how much of a draft can come through a key hole. Thick tape over unused locks works just as well as the expensive lock covers from DIY stores.

    After baking/cooking leave the oven door open to let the heat into the house.

    HTH
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  • make life easier
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    • 19th Aug 06, 7:49 PM
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    • 19th Aug 06, 7:49 PM
    When you get cold put on a few layers of clothes as this will keep you warm.

    Also wear sock to insulate your feet. It's cheaper than putting on the heating. I also have a throw over on as I watch tv - it's amazing how much heat they produce. A sleeping bag will do the trick too.

    Hot water bottles are magic too.
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  • cupid_s
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    • 19th Aug 06, 7:57 PM
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    • 19th Aug 06, 7:57 PM
    get a cat!
    recently it's been cold and hubby has said to put the heating or the fire on. and along comes ickle kitty snuggles up in our laps and keeps us toasty warm all evening!
    she's going to save us money in gas i'm sure - i hope it's more than she costs in food.
  • Hardup Hester
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    • 19th Aug 06, 8:12 PM
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    • 19th Aug 06, 8:12 PM
    Hubby & I go to bed early & watch TV in bed, that way we don't need the heating on!
    I also have heavy door curtains hanging to cut down on draughts, I got them from a local charity shop for £5, I think they must have been for french doors origionally, they're not to everybodys taste as they are dusty pink velvet but as they a very thick & lined, I don't worry about the look of them.
    Hester

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    • ka7e
    • By ka7e 19th Aug 06, 8:28 PM
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    ka7e
    I live in a cold, draughty house that takes a while to warm up and costs a bomb to heat. To really insulate a room you need to pull the curtains just before it gets dark and the temperature starts to drop.

    We have a huge floor-to-ceiling bay window in the front room, so as well as traditional curtains in the bay, we also have a pair in front of the bay. You really notice the difference they make on a cold evening.

    Years ago we got rid of the radiators in our hall and landing, never saw the point in heating areas that aren't lived in! It helped train the kids to shut doors to conserve heat in the rooms we were using, too. The only rooms I need really warm are the lounge and the bathroom. After I've used the oven, I leave the oven door open to help keep the kitchen warm!

    My kids all have extra quilts or fleece blankets that they can use if they think their rooms aren't warm enough. And even though they are all trendy teens or older, they each have a dressing gown and slippers to snuggle in after a bath or early in the morning.

    I never put the heating on during the day if I'm on my own - when I start to feel a little chilly I put on a coat and walk the dog or do my shopping. The house always feels warm when I come back in from the cold.
    Last edited by ka7e; 11-09-2008 at 11:35 PM.
  • MIRRY
    wear a hat in the house because we loose most of the heat thru our head.

    thermals , do they sell sexy ones ? :confused:
  • chloe99
    can anyone remember about that cling film stuff you put on single glased windows andthen blow it with a hardryer? is it any good, is it cheap and where can you get it from?
  • tootles
    Jesicamb: You can hang thermal linings inside your curtains, these will keep the heat in.......if your rail is strong enough you can hang them as loose linings, otherwise you will have to tack them into the curtains on top of the old lining.........

    I have thermal blackout linings in the lounge and bedroom, and I made a curtain for the door by joining two curtains together, joining the linings and sewing the lining into the tape on the top of the curtain, its amazing the amount of heat it keeps in. I turned off the rad in the hall, the thermostat was in there and as the hall was very small it warmed up quite quickly, so the thermostat shut the heating off in the rest of the house.......it took me ages to realise what was going on, we went through the whole winter last year without the rad on and did not notice a difference....all curtains are drawn as it starts to get dusk, bedroom doors are kept closed, we do not have a radiator on the landing, the stairs are open plan into the living room so the heat rises, its just a small square, the window has curtains with thermal linings on....we do have a slight disadvantage that three of our windows are not double glazed, but they have been sealed with foam strips, we still loose a lot of heat through them.......
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  • happygal
    If you are E7 get a timer so you get set your washing machine to come on during your cheapo time.

    Would 2nd towels as draught excluders.

    My house is like a fridge in winter and when you in the bathroom you can see your breath so am going to have to fork out for a fan heater in there - are they expensive to rum?
  • stickytoffeepudding
    Visit friends/family who can afford to have the heating on!

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    • Prudent
    • By Prudent 19th Aug 06, 8:54 PM
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    Prudent
    get a cat!
    recently it's been cold and hubby has said to put the heating or the fire on. and along comes ickle kitty snuggles up in our laps and keeps us toasty warm all evening!
    she's going to save us money in gas i'm sure - i hope it's more than she costs in food.
    by cupid_stunt
    Lol, don't bank on it. My cats totally refuse to be money saving and are picky individuals. I have successfully pared the human food budget right down, but there has been no reductions in the cat's food budget.
    • Prudent
    • By Prudent 19th Aug 06, 8:56 PM
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    Prudent
    If you are E7 get a timer so you get set your washing machine to come on during your cheapo time.

    Would 2nd towels as draught excluders.

    My house is like a fridge in winter and when you in the bathroom you can see your breath so am going to have to fork out for a fan heater in there - are they expensive to rum?
    by happygal
    My house was like that when I bought it. Improving the loft insulation made a massive differnece as did bleeding the radiators. I hope you find a solutions because its just so miserable being cold. I used to go out for long brisk walks to warm up!
    • Ruby Pudding
    • By Ruby Pudding 19th Aug 06, 8:56 PM
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    Ruby Pudding
    Every year I say it but this year I'm definitely make a 'sausage dog' draft excluder for the front door - in fact this thread has spurred me on to start it tonight......
    • Prudent
    • By Prudent 19th Aug 06, 8:57 PM
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    Prudent
    so far I have thought of the following;


    I will never use my tumble dryer again, I have purchased a BIG clothes horse today to hang all my washing on.
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    I will do all my baking in the evening so the oven heats up the house at the same time (killing 2 birds with one stone).
    by MIRRY
    I do the same - or hang the big items like duvet covers over the stair bannister. Cooking in the evening is a good tip, thanks.
  • broomstick27
    Visit friends/family who can afford to have the heating on!
    by stickytoffeepudding
    lol i do that!
    This isnt a particularly winter thing but i am going to learn how to cook more and bake using the microwave as i think our oven is costing us a fortune in gas!
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