Frugal Ways To Keep Warm In Your Home This Winter

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Looking for some cheap easy and above all frugal ways to keep warm in your home this winter? It seems to have suddenly got colder here where I am. But there are some great ways in which you can keep warmer at home without breaking the bank.

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Frugal Ways To Keep Warm In Your Home This Winter


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If you are looking after the pennies and trying to live life in a more sustainable way, then you will no doubt not wish to waste energy. Nobody wants to spend more money than is needed on staying warm. And I do personally want to stay warm whilst being more environmentally friendly. So how to do this?

Are you one of those houses where there is a constant battle over the thermostat? Or are you living with parents or housemates who are constantly turning the heating down to save money? 

How do you save money and stay warm in your home this winter? Maybe some of these tips will work for you.


Wear More Layers Indoors


While a lot of people may think this is self explanatory, others do forget that this is the easiest and most frugal way to stay warmer. Pull on a jumper. Wear socks, wool and merino socks are incredibly warm. Get some slippers. And if you are really cold, wear a hat. You do lose so much heat out of your extremities, so slippers and a hat really do help.

I thought my gorgeous OH was mad for buying me a Slanket last Christmas. But sometimes its lovely to be under a blanket on the sofa!

Put Rugs On Bare Floors


Rugs are great insulators, and can easily be rolled up and put away when not being used in the summer. They can also be used on large walls and thrown over beds and sofas. Too expensive an option? Why not make your own using old clothes?


Cover your Outer Doorframes


Doors and frames can let through a lot of draughts. Before I got a new kitchen complete with new back door, my old door was a real heat escape. We used to place a blanket over the door to help insulate it. Why not make a door covering with an old curtain or thick sheet? This can stop a lot of the draughts.

Furthermore, you could make a snake draught stopper for the bottom of the door. Or use a rolled up towel to stop draughts from coming in.

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Shut Inner Doors


Shutting inner doors keeps rooms warmer, stopping the warmer air escaping into the colder areas of the house.


Supercharge your Radiators


You could always try the time-old method of putting aluminium foil behind your radiators to reflect heat back into the room. However, this really only works if your radiators are on exterior walls, not interior walls, and there are some much better materials out there, such as this reflector bubble insulation, which reflects the heat back and insulates against any heat being absorbed by the wall.

You could also try a Radfan, which senses when the central heating radiator heats up and channels the warmed air further into the room.

Lastly, if your radiators are old maybe they just are not efficient any longer. Why not consider getting some Designer Electric Radiators instead?


Ensure Your Boiler Is Efficient


It is worth making sure that your boiler is serviced and looked after regularly to ensure that it is running efficiently. How old is your boiler? What sort of boiler is it? Do you know how to care for it properly? It may be worth investing in a service or putting your boiler onto a maintainance programme to keep on top of its condition.

A common issue in really cold weather with condensation boilers is that the piping that goes outside of the house can freeze, leading to the boilers switching off. Does your boiler start to play up in freezing cold weather? You can get pipe lagging and specialised equipment to prevent this from happening. Or you could spend winter with a kettle trying to unfreeze your pipes!

Another common problem with boilers and heating systems is a loss of pressure. We recently had this issue. It occurs from time to time with our boiler, but luckily my other half was shown a simple fix to restore the pressure at our last boiler service. Phew! Large call out charge and engineer cost averted.

Finally, do you know how to bleed and maintain your radiators? It is worth bleeding your radiators regularly to ensure that they are efficient. Plus, it is worth making sure that your radiators are serviced and flushed regularly. The dirt and grime that builds up if a central heating system is never flushed can make the whole system less easy to heat. 

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Insulate Your Windows


Your windows, like your doors, are where a lot of the heat can escape, even if you do have double glazing.

  • Make sure all around the frames are sealed with window sealant. I like this one, no gun needed and no mess, do all your windows and any other little jobs.
  • Use a window insulation kit – I swore by kits like these in my university days. You place the film over the whole window opening and then tighten the film using a hairdryer.
  • You could even use bubble wrap over windows where you do not need to see out.
  • Lastly, do use thermal or thick curtains


Keep your Bed Warm

Switch to a thicker duvet. Use flannelette sheets rather than cotton. Invest in throws to make your bed super cosy. And why not buy a hot water bottle or make a heat pack to snuggle down with on those cold nights?

Frugal Ways To Keep Warmer In Your Home This Winter


Insulate Your Loft Or Attic

This is one of the best investments you can make, as well as wall insulation if this is needed. It really will save you a lot of money and make your home more energy efficient. As well as making it more attractive should you wish to sell further down the line.


Switch To A Cheaper Energy Tariff


Shop around for your energy. You can often make savings as with everything else, unless you are locked into a deal.

So, this winter, hope that some of these frugal ways to keep warm in your home this winter work for you? Do let me know if there are other tips that we could all use to save some cash. Tell me in the comments below, or on social media.

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27 Replies to “Frugal Ways To Keep Warm In Your Home This Winter”

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Thank you, over the next few weeks we may all need these!

  1. Rosie Doal says:

    I do think it’s really important to adhere to some of these tips. It’s easy to reach for the heating switch but we can do more to keep the warmth in too. Great read x #PoCoLo

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      I just think on an environmentally friendly level that it isn’t always right or economic to just turn up the heating. Thank you for reading

  2. Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs says:

    Fab tips here! I am all for keeping warm and I don’t think our open fires and stove have managed to go out the past few weeks. It’s been so cold! I am a total sucker for throws as well. We all snuggle up under one when we watch the TV.

    Thanks for sharing with #MMBC. x

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Thank you Jayne. It is so important to keep all these things in mind for the next few weeks.

  3. Nigel says:

    Fab ideas I particularly like the radiator one I will be trying that Thanks for linking to #Thatfridaylinky hope to see you next week

  4. Crummy Mummy says:

    We are very lucky to live in a South facing flat surrounded by other flats so our property is very warm! Great tips #MMBC

  5. Kim Carberry says:

    Great advice. We have just switched to a cheaper energy tariff so I’m not feeling too bad about putting the heating on a little more .x

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Thank you! And you may need it more up there in the North East, that’s where I was a student for 5 years!

  6. Raisie Bay (@RaisieBay) says:

    Great tips. In our house we don’t have the heating on all day and I get really cold sometimes, extra layers, draught excluders and blankets are a must. To be honest, I do love snuggling up to keep warm rather than having the heating on which makes things stuffy. I only go for the heating if my nose feels cold! I remember when I was a kid and we didn’t have central heating we would have so many blankets on the bed. Problem was, it was so warm I didn’t want to get up in the morning.

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      I certainly think that I have got softer as I’ve got older! I lived in some bitter cold houses when I was a student, so some of these tips are from back then!

  7. Natasha Mairs says:

    I like to make sure I wear my slippers and a dressing gown when in the house in the day and keep all the doors shut. I only have the heating on in the evenings when the kids are at school. Love the foil behind the radiator tip, will have to look into that. #MMBC

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      I have several hoodies that I don if I am too cold. Thank you for reading!

  8. Louisa says:

    I’d love a slanket! Thanks for the tips. We are going to insulate both our lofts, I think we are losing a lot of heat that way mmbc

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Yes, my blanket comes in so much more useful than I thought it ever would!

  9. Morgan Prince says:

    These are all great ideas hun. We’ve just started closing all our inner doors to try to keep it warmer, and I’ve put on extra layers too. Thanks for linking to #pocolo

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Thank you. I think we will be needing to do all these things if we all get snow!

  10. Lucy At Home says:

    As a cold person surrounded by permanently warm people (!), this is a big issue for me! I am always outvoted on turning the heating up so I’ve recently bought myself a heated blanket that I can plug into the wall. Perfect! (In fact I’m huddled up in it right now as I’m doing some computer work!) #blogcrush

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      As you can tell, I hate being cold. A heated blanket sounds perfect!

  11. Zar Santos says:

    Cold weather makes me sooooo lazy anytime! I like wrapping myself up with thick clothes and blankets, and just cozy up myself at home with a book and a cup of coffee at hand.

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      As a fan of Hygge, I couldn’t agree more! Thank you for reading.


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