External Wall Insulation is a long term solution, but what else can you do in the mean time to insulate your home and save money?
There are multiple ways to insulate your home yourself, without too much effort and without delving too far into your wallet. With a little creativity and DIY, you can have your home toasty and warm in no time!
1. Place some draught excluders at the bases of doors:
Doors don't always fill the frame to the exact millimetre, which can often result in a gap at the base which allows draughts of cold air to blow in and chill your toes. Draught excluders can be bought at the majority of home stores, or if you're feeling creative you could even make your won with some fabric and stuffing - that way, it will mach the rest of your house!
2. Seal any cracks or gaps around windows:
Similarly to doors, there can often be gaps or cracks around your window frames, particularly in older homes and buildings. These can easily be filled in and sealed by caulk or weather strips that you can buy from almost any home DIY store, and you can install yourself within a matter of minutes!
3. Hang some heavy curtains:
Particularly if you fail to fill in any gaps or cracks around your windows, heavy curtains act like vertical draught excluders for your windows. They block any chilly breezes from entering further into your room, at the same time as stopping any warm air from escaping out of your window.
4. Fit blinds to your windows:
Especially when its colder out at night, it can be very beneficial to pull a blind over your window to reduce the amount of cold air let in and warm air let out - your window can turn into a giant ice cube in the winter!
5. Make sure you don't cover your radiators:
Your radiator supplies the majority of heat to your room, so make sure that it isn't covered or obstructed by a sofa or some heavy curtains, as it will reduce the amount of warm air that manages to circulate your room. You could also put aluminium foil or another reflective surface behind your radiator to ensure that the maximum amount of hot air is released into the room as possible.
6. Lay a rug where there's no carpet:
Heat is also lost through your floor. Carpet can often prevent this, however if your floors aren't carpeted and its too expensive to install, why not use a big fluffy rug instead? Not only will it make your room warmer, it will also make a room look cosier, particularly in the cold winter months.
And if all else fails, you can always just throw on a wooly jumper and a thick pair of socks to keep your toes warm!