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14 ways to heat your home without splurging

The number of fuel-poor families will increase by 200% when the cap on energy prices rises again in April.

With millions already feeling the effects of high electricity bills, the boss of an energy company advises customers to cuddle a pet to keep warm.

We share some tried and tested tips on how to heat your home without spending cash

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We share some tried and tested tips on how to heat your home without spending cashCredit: Getty

Here, Nikki Watkins and Siobhan O’Connor share some better tested tips.

For more help, visit nea.org.uk/advice-support.

ADD RUGS

If your floors aren't carpeted, add rugs to keep your home warmer

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If your floors aren’t carpeted, add rugs to keep your home warmerCredit: Wayfair

NOT many people realize heat can escape through flooring. If your floors aren’t carpeted, add rugs – ideally wool, which is a great insulator – to keep your home warmer.

Check out Facebook Marketplace or Gumtree for bargains or pick up this hand-woven Scheinman Kilim rug at Wayfair from £26.99.

DUST SPRAY MACHINE

Make sure your radiators are clean and free of dust for them to work properly

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Make sure your radiators are clean and free of dust for them to work properlyCredit: Getty

Give your rads a little TLC to reap the benefits. Making sure they’re clean and dust-free will help keep them running efficiently, as dust build-up can prevent heat from circulating.

If they feel warm below and cold at the top, they need to be stopped.

ONE DEGREE COOLER

Reduce the temperature of your home by just one degree to save £100 a year on your heating bill

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Reduce the temperature of your home by just one degree to save £100 a year on your heating billCredit: Getty

Reducing the temperature in your home by just a single degree can save more than £100 a year on your heating bills.

The average UK household has the thermostat set at 20C, well above what the Climate Change Commission recommends. Typical range is from 18°C ​​to 21°C.

FLEECE BEDDING

To stay cozy, furnish your bed with combed cotton or fleece sheets and down duvets

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To stay cozy, furnish your bed with combed cotton or fleece sheets and down duvets

UPGRADE your bed sheets for a warmer kip. Our body temperature drops a degree or two while we sleep, so to stay cozy, outfit your bed with cotton or fleece sheets and down comforters.

They’re warmer than standard cotton bedding, so they’re perfect for chilly nights.

CONTAINER

Curtain liners provide a bit of extra insulation so they make the room warmer

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Curtain liners provide a bit of extra insulation so they make the room warmer

NOT only good for keeping your room dark when the sun comes up, curtain liners also provide a bit of extra insulation so they will make the room warmer.

In fact, investing in an insulating lining for your curtains and keeping your blinds closed can reduce heat loss by up to 25%. Try insulated curtain liners, £12, at Dunelm.

GAPS PLUG

Roll up an old blanket or towel and place it along the windowsill or under the door

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Roll up an old blanket or towel and place it along the windowsill or under the doorCredit: Getty

AVOID chills by blocking gaps. Windproofing your home is one of the most affordable ways to keep the cold out. The key areas are below doors and around windows.

Roll up an old blanket or towel and place it along a window sill or under a door. Small holes in the wall can also create drafts and are remedied with Polyfilla.

DO NOT WASH YOUR EYES

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CLOSE wet wash on your radiator might seem wise to dry it faster – but in reality, it gets in the way of the radiator’s primary purpose of heating your home.

Covering them will prevent heat from escaping, so the warmth will take longer to spread.

OPENING FESTIVAL

After dinner is ready, leave the oven door open

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After dinner is ready, leave the oven door openCredit: Getty

Dinner ONE TIME is ready, leave the oven door open, as long as you don’t have small children running around.

This will allow the warmth to spread around your home, saving you some of the money you need to heat your home.

DITCH LECCY HEADER

Ditch your electric heater and use central heating radiators because they are cheaper

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Ditch your electric heater and use central heating radiators because they are cheaperCredit: Getty – Contributor

“Typically, it is cheaper to use a central heating radiator to heat the whole house,” says PAUL ROGERS.

“An electric heater can be used to quickly warm a room, but it will be more expensive to use over a long period of time.”

MOVIE WINDOWS

Reduce drafts and create insulation gaps by attaching film to the frame of single-glazed windows

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Reduce drafts and create insulation gaps by attaching film to the frame of single-glazed windows

PAUL ROGERS says: “You can try to reduce drafts and create insulation gaps by attaching film to the frame of single-glazed windows.

“Other DIY options include fitting a clear plastic sheet like Plexiglass.”

GET INTELLIGENT MEASUREMENTS

Matching smart watches to save you money

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Matching smart watches to save you moneyCredit: Alamy

FITTING a smart meter will not automatically save you money. But Paul Rogers explains: “It helps you know when you’re using energy and how much it costs you.

“This information can save you money by changing your behaviour.”

RADIATORS CONTROL

Install thermostats with individual radiators in the home

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Install thermostats with individual radiators in the homeCredit: Getty

Turn off radiators in rooms you don’t use, and install thermostats into individual radiators in your home. “You should use both the main thermostat and the individual radiator valves to control the temperature in your home,” says Paul Rogers.

“The main thermostat tells the boiler when to operate. The radiator valves allow hot water to flow into the radiator if the room temperature drops below the set level. ”

HI HO SILVER LINING

Place something reflective behind a radiator, tin foil or reflective card, behind which will reflect heat back into the room.

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Place something reflective behind a radiator, tin foil or reflective card, behind which will reflect heat back into the room.

There is a myth that painting radiators black will help heat up the room, but placing something reflective – tinfoil or reflective cards – behind them will transfer heat back into the room.

“Radiator reflectors can reduce heat loss from radiators through exterior walls,” said Paul Rogers, a spokesman for the charity National Energy Action.

SHELF ON RADIATOR

It's also important to rearrange furniture to make sure nothing is blocking heat from the radiator

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It’s also important to rearrange furniture to make sure nothing is blocking heat from the radiator

This tip is great for more even heat distribution. It acts as a shield so that all the heat doesn’t rise to the ceiling.

Instead, it helps heat move out and into the room. Rearranging furniture to make sure nothing is blocking heat from the radiator is also important.

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Emma Bowman

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