Published On: Sun, Dec 14th, 2014

How to Stay Warm in the Country this Winter

There’s a chill in the air and winter is almost upon us, so it’s time to make sure your heating is up to the challenge. When living in a rural area, it’s all the more important to check your heating system, and to make sure you’re doing everything else you can around the house to keep that all-important warmth in. Here’s a guide to help you stay warm at home this winter.

Stay Warm

Consider Switching Energy Provider

If you’ve been with your energy provider for years there’s a good chance you’re no longer getting the best deal. It takes just a few minutes to do a quick search on a comparison site like uSwitch to find the best deal possible, and you could save yourself a significant amount – maybe even hundreds of pounds! If you can’t find a better deal, you can be safe in the knowledge that you’re already getting the best deal around.

Make the Most of Radiators

If your sofa or any furniture is positioned in front of a radiator, you’re definitely not getting the best of them – and almost certainly wasting money heating the back of your sofa. So clear the way and let the heat permeate the room. You can also try an old housewives’ trick and put foil sheets or radiator reflectors behind each radiator to increase the heat reflected back into the room – rather than into the wall behind. It’s really straightforward to fit radiator reflectors and the costs are minimal, with great potential savings.

Check Oil Levels

If you have oil-fired central heating, it’s really important to check the state and level of your oil tank. The absolute last thing you want to happen is to run out of oil mid-way though the winter or worse, the festive season! So if you’ve got an old tank that could leak, it might be worth investing in a new one from a company like – it will last for many years and you’ll know there’s no danger of a leak. Alternatively, if you have a newer tank, they also sell remote level meters with an alert system – so you’ll always know when you’re running low.

Minimize Drafts

Draft proofing is a sure-fire way to save money on energy costs and keep you warm for less. The worst culprits are gaps under doors and windows that don’t shut properly. For the doors you can either buy draft excluder strips from your local DIY store or if the budget is tight you can make your own very effective excluder with a pillowcase stuffed with old tights. For the windows, get some cheap self-adhesive foam strips to stop the drafts – don’t waste any more money losing heat!

Using these tips really can make a difference in the winter months, both to your costs and more importantly to the warmth of your home.