Wonderful wool: Tips to stay warm this winter

MUM's RIGHT: Regardless of which home heating option you use - put on another jumper first. Woolen jumpers, socks, gloves, beanies and scarves are your best bet.
MUM's RIGHT: Regardless of which home heating option you use - put on another jumper first. Woolen jumpers, socks, gloves, beanies and scarves are your best bet.

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The harsh Western winter has knocked on our doors and we are all spending more time inside, so it is an ideal opportunity to wrap our heads around how best to keep our homes warm and welcoming without experiencing bill shock or sending greenhouse emissions through the roof. 

ROARING: A log fire can keep your home warm for hours, but make sure the house is sealed properly so that valuable heat doesn't escape.

ROARING: A log fire can keep your home warm for hours, but make sure the house is sealed properly so that valuable heat doesn't escape.

Before you jump to bump up the heat on your air conditioning, there are some simple tips that every householder should adopt to keep the winter chill from the door:

Warm yourself before your home

Your mother was correct – the first thing we should all do to stay warm is put another jumper on and rug up. 

It is common sense to keep yourself warm before you turn up the heat in your home. 

Singlets, socks, slippers, long pants and jumpers – even woollen blankets –  should be mandatory before you stoke the fire and turn on the air conditioning.

And remember, natural is best. 

Don’t apply layer or upon layer of synthetic material – it will just weigh you down. Woolen jumpers, socks, gloves, beanies and scarves are your best bet. 

They are high quality, will last you for years, are lightweight and will keep you snug as a bug.

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Seal any draughts around doors or windows

Inexpensive draught stoppers, weather seals and window strips can be purchased from most hardware stores and only take moments to install.

They effectively prevent cold air from sneaking in and hot air from escaping.

Cover up your windows

Make sure you have quality window coverings as heavy lined curtains or blinds can help insulate a room by trapping cold air behind them and allowing the warm air to circulate in the rest of the room.  

Only heat the rooms you are living in

Close off areas that are not being used, like the laundry, bedrooms, linen cupboards and bathrooms, so any heating devices are not working unnecessarily and you are not wasting money to keep empty rooms toasty warm.

With your wood heaters, check chimneys and vents are clean and in good repair. It is better for a job such as this to be carried out by a trained professional.

They can give you tips on how to best use your heating device or advise whether your current heating system, whether it’s a wood fire or air conditioner, could be replaced with a more efficient unit. 

Seal those cracks

Ensure that the heat you are pumping into your home is not leaking out through cracks in skirting boards and cornices and cold air is not seeping in.

Following these tips can help keep you warm and comfortable, reduce energy bills and benefit the environment. 

KEEP THE FAMILY SNUG: It’s a good idea to check your home heating options and carry out any minor maintenance now before the cold weather sets in.

KEEP THE FAMILY SNUG: It’s a good idea to check your home heating options and carry out any minor maintenance now before the cold weather sets in.