Five clever ways to keep warm at home and save money on your heating bill

Lounging indoors shouldn't feel uncomfortable, but if you're feeling the chill and your budget is tight, what can you do about it? Apparently, a lot.

Tips on draught-proofing your house on a budget

To help keep your home warm, you first need to check for draughty windows and doors.

The Energy Savings Trust recommended feeling for cold air seeping in around windows or doors, and listening out for rattles and whistling noises during high winds.

Draught-proofing strips for windows and doors can be bought on Amazon for as little as £7.99.

Many satisfied customers gave the product five stars, with David Lee writing: "Delivered on time and very satisfied with the product."

Taking this simple step could save you around £45 each year on your energy bills, the Energy Savings Trust noted, if you live in a semi-detached property.

Woman putting draught excluder on her front door

Draught excluders can help to keep the heat inside (Image: Getty)

Then there's the option of buying pretty draught excluders you can place at the bottom of the front and back doors.

To help save money on your heating bills, another top tip is to use radiator reflector panels.

The Energy Saving Trust elaborated: "Fixed behind your radiators, they reflect heat from the radiator back into the room, instead of letting the heat out through an external wall.

"Remember, you only need to put reflector panels behind radiators on external walls."

Fuzzy socks

Wearing fluffy socks can help to keep your feet warm (Image: Getty)
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A bit of a no-brainer, but a cosy throw you can curl up into on the sofa will help you to feel lovely and warm when settling down for the evening.

According to House Beautiful, the best materials for your throws are wool or sherpa fabric.

Sherpa, the fluffy knit fabric, is a must-have when it comes to feeling comfy for the winter.

Throws can also be added on top of bedding, which will help you feel snug when it comes to bedtime.

Throughout the evening, however, nobody wants to suffer from cold feet. By wearing knitted or thermal socks, you can help to prevent a chill from running up into your body.

You can also keep your body temperature at a comfortable level by layering up in jumpers, cardigans or a luxurious fluffy dressing gown.

Then there's the bonus of cuddling a covered hot water bottle that can be placed at the end of your bed when it's time to fall asleep.

Five way to keep warm

  1. Draught-proof your home
  2. Reflector panels behind radiators
  3. Wool or sherpa fabric throws
  4. Warm clothing
  5. Hot water bottle.
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