Tips on how to keep your house warm

December 22 2014

A NEW initiative has been launched by the council to help residents make their homes more cosy and cheaper to heat.

A NEW initiative has been launched by the council to help residents make their homes more cosy and cheaper to heat.

According to the council, around £108m is spent each year, heating homes - a third of which could be saved if all houses were insulated in line with building standards.

Sarah Sims, programme manager for Warm Up Bristol, has provided some tips about how to keep homes toasty.

  1. Mind the gap: Look out for small gaps around windows, skirting boards and doors which might be letting in cold air. It’s easy to block little holes and you can buy special strips for sealing gaps around windows.
  2. Get a rug: If you live in a home with exposed floorboards, heat can escape through your floor. This is especially true in older houses.
  3. Use the sun’s heat: Open your curtains during the day to let the sun heat up your home, but make sure you close them at night to lock the heat in.
  4. Move furniture: the position of your furniture makes a big difference on how warm your home feels. If your sofa is blocking the radiator then it’ll absorb all the heat.
  5. Block your chimney flute: Many fireplaces are just for decoration, but still have a chimney which can let cold air in, and hot air out. You can buy special chimney balloons to neatly seal the gap and prevent heat escaping from the room.
  6. Timers: Keep your house at a constant temperature by setting your thermostats to turn the heating on when it drops below a certain level.
  7. Close doors: Keep the heat where you want it by closing doors to rooms that you’re not using.
  8. Draught excluders: DIY draught excluders, made by stuffing old pairs of tights with socks, sit under doors can be an easy solution to prevent draughts.
  9. Insulation: Make sure your home is properly insulated. Whether it’s solid or cavity wall insulation, loft insulation or double glazing, there are lots of ways you can effectively trap heat in your home to make it cheaper to heat and stay warm for longer.
  10. Know what’s on offer: Warm Up Bristol can help you access the best grants available to make your home warmer cosier and cheaper to heat. For more information, visit: www.warmupbristol.co.uk.