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    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 26th Nov 14, 11:48 AM
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    Preparing for Winter V
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    • 26th Nov 14, 11:48 AM
    Preparing for Winter V 26th Nov 14 at 11:48 AM

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    Hi everyone,

    As the last 'preparing for winter' thread has now grown quite long, I think it's time for a new one, and what better time of year to begin to prepare than the end of November

    So here goes....a shiny new thread. Please post below all your preparations for winter. If you want to read through the tips on the older threads you can find them here:

    Preparing for Winter

    Preparing for winter II

    Preparing for winter III

    Preparing for winter IV

    Other links that may help:

    the ice man cometh! (merged with keeping warm)

    Things that worked or didn't work last winter

    Frugal but happy in winter?

    Winter checklist

    Lets hope it's a good one for all of us.

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    • FrankieM
    • By FrankieM 6th Nov 18, 6:15 AM
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    My boiler has been broken for the last week so no heating and I've found it okay.

    Because I have throws and a hot water bottle and an electric blanket, I haven't really noticed it (just the odd day) I may keep it off once its fixed! lol

    I open my bedroom window first thing and close it before I go to work. It's good to give the room an air
    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 6th Nov 18, 8:41 AM
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    We all know how invigorated we can feel, even after a very short spell out in the fresh air in winter. No reason why we can't have the same feeling indoors by opening a few windows, even for a short time. I suspect some of us perhaps don't realise how much the lack of fresh air impacts our brains. People complain about the air being recycled in planes on long flights yet unless they open windows in their house, they're submitting their lungs to exactly the same process.
    • Living proof
    • By Living proof 6th Nov 18, 9:23 PM
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    We all know how invigorated we can feel, even after a very short spell out in the fresh air in winter. No reason why we can't have the same feeling indoors by opening a few windows, even for a short time. I suspect some of us perhaps don't realise how much the lack of fresh air impacts our brains. People complain about the air being recycled in planes on long flights yet unless they open windows in their house, they're submitting their lungs to exactly the same process.
    Originally posted by Primrose
    I open my shower room and bedroom window for most of the day. In summer other windows as long as I am in the room, otherwise all sorts of unwelcome visitors would enter! I very rarely see any of my neighbours doing the same, even in the height of summer. They seem to live in hermetically sealed homes.
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    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 7th Nov 18, 7:24 AM
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    It's obviously counter intrusive for many people to do this in winter when heating is expensive and not to be wasted but we don't have our heating on at night so this is a good time to open all the upstairs bedroom window slightly to get a good draught of fresh air coursing through the house. Then as soon as we get up when the heating has come on we close them.


    On milder autumn and winter days, our patio door will be left open for a while and the kitchen door is also left partly open.
    • fuddle
    • By fuddle 7th Nov 18, 1:55 PM
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    I won't be shovelling any snow this winter and DH works long hours so he won't be doing it either so that leaves a gap in my preps. Salt! I' m onnit.
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    • MandM90
    • By MandM90 7th Nov 18, 3:05 PM
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    House
    - Get curtains up in the living room. Need to paint it first! Decorator starting in 1.5 weeks but need to chose paint colours, and start ord
    [STRIKE]- Have chimney swept,
    - get firewood delivery and firelighters[/STRIKE]
    - Buy scented candles
    - Plug Nest thermostat back in when heating comes on again

    - Guttering repaired/clean - Coming thursday
    - Boiler service

    - Re-silicone shower and bath
    - Scrub tiles and get rid of icky stuff - Did the tiles in shower at weekend
    - Put electric blankets and throws on beds
    - Ideally, decorate dining room so we can enjoy it for the winter!! - Coming in 1.5 weeks!
    - Wash curtains
    will give away once new ones up
    Car
    - Look into winter tyres
    - Check fluids
    - Clean (just because it desperately needs it!)

    Self/Family
    - Box up Summer/Autumn capsule wardrobe and choose items from what I already own.
    - Buy extra tights (only have two pairs)
    - Buy cheapo cold/flu meds (otherwise DH will get sniffles and panic buy a load of branded stuff in London!)
    - Get out winter coats and wash. Put light ones away (I barely wore my lovely mac this summer as was too warm for coats!)

    - Mend any things that need mending, replenish moth repellent thingies
    - Sock inventory (DH and DD) - DH has done his
    - Polish shoes and boots, send any to be repaired that need it
    - Reorganise Cupboard Of Shame

    Garden - Autumn
    - Do one huuuuge weed before winter
    - Move plants we want to move
    - Cut back/prune plants that need it then
    - Plant spring bulbs
    - Turn off outdoor tap
    - Cover up/put away furniture
    - Change over window box plants to winter flowers
    - Tidy shed

    I wonder how much I can whizz through this weekend! The garden is top priority, as we are behind, but also hoping to make paint decisions and start some curtain measuring. Might as well drop by Halfords for free fluid check too!
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    • Lucy5781
    • By Lucy5781 7th Nov 18, 4:07 PM
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    It's obviously counter intrusive for many people to do this in winter when heating is expensive and not to be wasted but we don't have our heating on at night so this is a good time to open all the upstairs bedroom window slightly to get a good draught of fresh air coursing through the house. Then as soon as we get up when the heating has come on we close them.


    On milder autumn and winter days, our patio door will be left open for a while and the kitchen door is also left partly open.
    Originally posted by Primrose
    We lost our cat back in May. Now the weather has turned, I'm noticing how little the back door is being opened.
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    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 9th Nov 18, 10:24 AM
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    Woodstove in and functioning and toasty warm as a result when it's running! Solar lights live on the window sill and are kept fully charged, cupboard full of tinned and dried food, many tea lights and thermal base layers.....think we're ready!
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    • Laura_Elsewhere
    • By Laura_Elsewhere 9th Nov 18, 10:27 AM
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    I like to have the windows open for a good part of the day - easier done, when I'm the only one here as everyone else thinks it's freezing, rather than crisp
    (
    Originally posted by beenthere_donethat
    My chap drops me off in town on his drive to work (gives me a good 1-2 mile walk to start my day plus I get all the reduced goods in supermarkets!), and when I get in, any time between 9.15 and 10.30, the first thing I do is open the windows, front and back, so there's a through-draught of fresh air. I pull the covers back to air the bed, and prop the pillows up along the foot of the bed to air.

    Even in the bitterest cold weather, I do this for 2-3 minutes - even when my poor chap was off work ill, I bundled him up in bed with shawls round his head and extra blankets and opened the bedroom window wide for 3 minutes!

    When we moved in, there was a black mould damp problem in the 1992 flat, and the letting agent was very clear we needed to heat the flat to get rid of it. We don't like hot rooms, and although we're quite happy to use the central heating if we need it, we simply haven't yet needed it (not even when downstairs was un-let and empty!) - but the mould has shrunk to a fraction of what was there, just by us airing the flat properly.
    With the good double-glazing, once we do close the windows, the rooms become warmer quickly, even without heating. We use a Victorian ceramic 'stone pig' hot water bottle in bed, but also as a foot-warmer if I'm sitting still during the day working, or sometimes just placed on the table on a silicon mat to warm the air a little.

    Other people's houses do distinctly tend to smell stuffy and fusty to us. Usually with other smells to cover it up, specially the overpowering air fresheners - but oh, nothing beats fresh air as an air-freshener!
    • Laura_Elsewhere
    • By Laura_Elsewhere 9th Nov 18, 11:39 AM
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    I've got a stone pig for the bottom of my bed but never thought about it's use for anything other than that
    Originally posted by beenthere_donethat
    I think of it as a portable storage heater!

    It loses its heat far faster when it's not covered, of course - but it definitely makes a difference to a chilly room, or makes an excellent footwarmer. I put it on a silicon mat to try to reduce how much heat just goes down into the floor.
    • Onebrokelady
    • By Onebrokelady 9th Nov 18, 10:10 PM
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    I live in a 60s terraced house with double glazing,my duel fuel bills has just gone up to 134 a month,it was 116 because I wasn't paying enough last year,but they obviously think I'm still not paying enough if they've put it up again
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    • Laura_Elsewhere
    • By Laura_Elsewhere 11th Nov 18, 8:20 PM
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    Just so you know...

    Forecasting weather in an island like Britain is never easy or simple, so any detailed forecast beyond three days is really only speculation, but... they can forecast overall patterns more dependably and at present, there is increasing agreement between all the different systems that we're likely to have another mild week coming up BUT then sometime in the following week the likelihood is that it will flip abruptly to be properly cold.

    So... may or may not be accurate, may be the week after, may even be this week, but I would take the overall message of: you've only got about a week to sort out the cold-weather stuff!

    Get those thermals washed, find the other glove, sort out the kids' welly-socks, put up the heavier curtains...!

    (and jings, talking of curtains - we've had a couple of early evenings lately out in the car and the number of houses we've driven past with lots of lighted windows and NO CURTAINS drawn! No wonder people's heating bills are going up...)
    • FrankieM
    • By FrankieM 13th Nov 18, 6:18 AM
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    My heating has been fixed.

    New boiler put in

    I've never known the rads so hot, it's lovely. I may even need to adjust the timer switch etc and have it on for less time.

    So, I feel all ready for winter now
    • SpikyHedgehog
    • By SpikyHedgehog 13th Nov 18, 5:45 PM
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    My heating has been fixed.

    New boiler put in

    I've never known the rads so hot, it's lovely. I may even need to adjust the timer switch etc and have it on for less time.

    So, I feel all ready for winter now
    Originally posted by FrankieM
    I had a new boiler put in this summer (by the housing association so no cost to me :-) but the old boiler had been busy not working since January... ) and a new thermostat downstairs. They come pre-set at super hot and on the assumption that you want heating on every lunch time and all day at the weekend. So it quickly got turned down to something I feel happier with!
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    • Onebrokelady
    • By Onebrokelady 13th Nov 18, 9:41 PM
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    Do you set your heat to come on at a certain temperature? Could you reduce it, if so, to lower fuel costs?

    I found this interesting:

    https://www.first-utility.com/the-blog/ideal-room-temp
    Originally posted by beenthere_donethat
    Yes it's set to come on at a certain temperature,I don't have it on at all overnight and it's not on when I'm at work,I don't have it on all day I just put it on tomwarm the room then usually turn it down so it goes off again or I get too hot ( one advantage of hot flushes)
    My gas billis never too bad it's the electric that costs the earth,Im hoping the fact that we have gone from a three person household to a two person one will make a difference
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    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 14th Nov 18, 3:54 PM
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    Isn't it always the way? we get the stove installed and then the weather outside decided to warm up again! never mind we'll get the p[leasure from it later in the cold season and it's saving fuel every day we don't have to use our logs.
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    • carrielovesfanta
    • By carrielovesfanta 14th Nov 18, 4:10 PM
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    Yes it's set to come on at a certain temperature,I don't have it on at all overnight and it's not on when I'm at work,I don't have it on all day I just put it on tomwarm the room then usually turn it down so it goes off again or I get too hot ( one advantage of hot flushes)
    My gas billis never too bad it's the electric that costs the earth,Im hoping the fact that we have gone from a three person household to a two person one will make a difference
    Originally posted by Onebrokelady

    We have the same problem. The elec bills are the worst. I just can't think how to reduce them further without being very deliberate (i.e. not having a brew, not turning the lights on)
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    • fuddle
    • By fuddle 14th Nov 18, 5:18 PM
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    I haven't had mine on since the weekend MrsL. There's a strange feeling of 'goodie I can save my wood stocks' conflicted with 'I want my fire on!'

    DH fixed our boiler for the second time (different issue) and it's worked but the hot water still runs out cold then hot. He's had a plumber in to his work boiler today and asked his advice. Basically he is to take something off, wash the gunk with caustic soda and the problem will be fixed. DH has replaced the diaphragm on our our boiler as well as the fuse so the plumber reckons he's competent enough to do this as well. 3rd time lucky!
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    • Frith
    • By Frith 14th Nov 18, 11:23 PM
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    Have only had the stove lit 2-3 times in October/November.


    Have been given a new garden shed so our old one will go on the allotment. If it gets down to -12 again we'll be able to shut the hens up in it.


    New front door has been fitted! A massive difference from the ancient wooden one where you could see daylight down the edges.


    Son2 has a coat now, from Sainsburys.


    It hasn't really been too cold yet!
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    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 17th Nov 18, 8:49 AM
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    It's still strangely mild here so the stove stays laid ready to go but unlit! We're still not craving warming winter foods and it's not necessary to wear hats or gloves when we're out and about.....it really is peculiar!

    The weather forecast is for it to chill down later in the week and I'll be glad if it actually does, I like a nice crisp morning and a frosty starlit night and snuggling up by the stove with a good book when the days chores are done, I quite like winter but suspect I'm in the minority here!
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