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When it comes to heating I am a firm believer that if you are cold then you should just put the heating on. I have never been a person to try and cut back on heating costs, at least until recently!
I managed to negotiate lower energy prices this year and save £137! I’ve been able to lock into a tariff which has seen my direct debit drop considerably. Obviously I’ve been very happy with my savings but I decided that as I work at home full-time that I would look at small things I could do to cut back on heating costs. Especially since moving house in September 2019 and realising just how much it costs to heat our cold house!
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Most of the small ways I have been able to cut back on heating costs have just come about as part of a routine. Here are some of my 7 simple tips to cut back on heating costs:
Like a lot of people in England, I like to start my day with a nice cup of tea. When I am just having a cup of tea I boil the lowest amount of water required. This cuts back on the time spent boiling the kettle. Depending on my husband’s work schedule I sometimes make him a nice thermos of coffee up at the same time for his journey to work. Later in the evening, I like to have a hot chocolate as a treat and often I get a *hot water bottle ready for bed.
Hot Water Bottle
If I am under the weather when I boil the kettle for my hot drink I will fill it to the brim and make myself a nice *hot water bottle at the same time. When my muscles ache from exercise or being unwell, then a hot water bottle is perfect to help ease my aching muscles and get me ready for the day ahead. If I am cold at night then I will take one to bed with me too. It’s a great way to stay warm without needing to heat my whole home.
Around an hour after waking up I will try to exercise. Most of my exercise takes place at home as I’m too lazy to go to the gym. It is cold outside and this way I am able to work out at any time of the day or night. Exercise helps to warm me up and also gets my muscles and joints juiced and ready for the day ahead. Sometimes I’ll do a little yoga late afternoon/early evening too as this really helps.
During film evenings or if I am just feeling sorry for myself I will sit under either a duvet or slanket. A *slanket is a blanket that has sleeves built in. This is ideal for working in too.
I always shower after I exercise. Sometimes a nice shower at other times of the day can help to wake me up. It also gets me mentally prepared for any tasks ahead or just warms me up. A bath at night can work as a relaxant and also help me warm up before bed. Since moving I’ve really missed having a bath to warm up in!
My ‘work at home’ uniform tends to consist of PJs, sports bras and workout wear. I like this, as it means I’m ready for working out or lounging around as the mood takes me. I’m at home alone most of the time when working so this works fine for me. I have no-one to impress. Wearing small light layers keeps me nice and warm and means I can strip down a little to exercise.
I bought my *slipper socks in Primark, for just £1 (down from £4) in a recent sale. They are Winter themed but that doesn’t bother me as they look cute and keep my feet warm.
Although I’ve shared these tips with you they are just things that I have implemented quite naturally in my routine. If I am cold I often just put the heating on to warm up. I feel that life is too short to be sitting around freezing. However, that doesn’t stop me trying a few things before I resort to turning up the thermostat.
If you want to have the heating running more this year, without worrying about money, make sure you check you’re on the lowest energy tariff. You can *get £50 when you sign up to Bulb and use greener energy in the process! You can do this by using an energy price comparison tool. Also, why not consider making some extra money online to take the burden off a little!
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