Hello Dear Reader,
It’s going to be a cold winter! I know what you’re thinking! Alaska is cold, Britain gets a bit parky. I shall rephrase that. It’s going to be a cold British winter. Our houses are not designed to keep us warm, well mine isn’t. It’s made of any old stones piled up with mortar and even though the walls are thick and solid, the cottage still gets cold. We moved in 2013 and have had mild winters since then and I’m really feeling the cold.
I could, should I choose to, turn on the gas central heating and leave it on and just pay for it. We live on a budget and choose not to have the heating on too much. When we do it’s set to 18.5C and that keeps the house from being chilly but I wouldn’t call that warm. We do lots to keep warm.
At the weekend, we light the wood stove and use a fan to push the warm air around. We open and close doors so we can move air around the house. We collect pallets and cut them down and add them to our firewood supply which helps stretch the budget as the pallets are free. We buy our firewood in the summer and stack it away and we spend £120 on fire wood a year. We use the wood stove to dry our laundry which keeps our electricity bill lower.
We use old-fashioned simple methods to keep warm. I’m feeling listy at the moment so here’s a list.
- Close all the curtains as soon as we get in.
- Hang thermal curtain linings on the back of the already thick curtains.
- Wear layers indoors. I get home and change out of my work clothes into something warm and cosy. I wear socks, slippers, a thick jumper and jogging bottoms around the house. Underneath a couple of t-shirts and I’ll stay warm that way.
- Duvets are not expensive so I have one under the bottom sheet in my bed and one on top, so I sleep in a duvet sandwich.
- Go to bed earlier by an hour and watch TV in bed or read or catch up on blog reading. I don’t need any heating at all them as I’m warm in there.
- We have sealed double glazed doors and windows so we don’t have any draughts but if I did have draughts, I’d use draught excluders to ensure I didn’t get them.
- We keep quilts and a blanket or two in the lounge and cover ourselves up so we stay extra warm.
- We keep a warm room. Instead of running our central heating, as we just don’t need it, we heat one room, in our case the room with the wood stove.
- I don’t heat the bathroom, when I shower, I keep the towel close by so as soon as the water is switched off, I can get dry in the residual warmth of the shower cubicle and get out dry and step straight into my dressing gown.
- Plenty of hot drinks, it definitely works.
- Keep moving and keep busy – easy for me, I’m a proper figit! There’s always something to be done.
- When I cook, I leave the oven open when I finish to let the heat into the room.
- On sunny days, I make the most of any warmth coming in and keep the curtains wide open.
- Snuggle up with nearest, dearest and dogs. We have a little two-seater sofa but two big humans and three little dogs can be found cuddled up together.
- Wear those summer strappy tops as vest tops underneath. A pretty substitute for thermals but just as efficient.
Over to you. How do you keep warm and keep the budget in check?
Love Froogs xxx