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    Anyone have any cost effective tips to keep the house warm this winter?

    The central heating and halogen heates are too expensive.

    Somtime there is just one person in the house so it is pointless to use central heating for the whole house, and according to british gas, the halogen heaters are twice as expensive to use then a central heater.

    Is there and other ways to keep the house / rooms warm or any insulating tips? :santa:

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    Do you have Wall Cavity Insulation and Loft Insulation?
    How about a portable Calor Gas heater?
    Some electric slimline heaters are very cost effective.

    Or just buy some thick jumpers, LOL

    I live in a flat alone ... and haven't had any "proper" heating installed for 3 years now.

    I go for a 40km cycle
    or just put another sweater on
    lol

    hmm, I would also suggest double glazing, or getting those draught excluder thingys - the ones that look like snakes

    Go to the pub

    Matches + Tinderwood!

    ... or a cheap halogen heater?

    You could live on soup for the rest of your life! :?

    I can't really help im afraid. Make sure you have draught excluders etc??:thinking:

    turn the radiators off in the rooms that are not in use..as I say to my family when they say "turn up the heating"..put on a jumper.

    My advice is to keep away from calor gas heaters ..they produce condensation.

    Currychops, I thought your idea would be to eat loadsa curry! I am gagging for one now! lol

    Some good ideas that I can't really add to! Then again I like the cold, so it doesn't bother me!

    Get some draft insulator cheap from b&q and put in round doors and windows.

    Keep each door to each room closed and only heat the rooms that you use most.

    gd_miester

    according to british gas, the halogen heaters are twice as expensive to … according to british gas, the halogen heaters are twice as expensive to use then a central heater.



    Now this is me just being me and my way of thinking, but maybe British Gas are just saying this?!

    I may be wrong though!

    T8RSP

    Now this is me just being me and my way of thinking, but maybe British … Now this is me just being me and my way of thinking, but maybe British Gas are just saying this?!I may be wrong though!



    I think it's correct assuming that you put on a halogen heater in every room in the house and 3 heaters to each radiator... blatantly your more likely to use one or two at most at any one time. They are fairly economical.

    Take a look here ]http//ww…me/ there are lots more sites like that too.
    You may find that after shutting off rads and closing all doors to rooms not used it might in cold weather be more efficient to run the central heating 24hrs and just drop the stat down at night rather than have it trying to heat up a very cold set of rooms each time you come home.

    old fashioned hot water bottle

    MikeT

    Take a look here ]http://www.est.org.uk/myhome/ there are lots more sites … Take a look here ]http://www.est.org.uk/myhome/ there are lots more sites like that too.You may find that after shutting off rads and closing all doors to rooms not used it might in cold weather be more efficient to run the central heating 24hrs and just drop the stat down at night rather than have it trying to heat up a very cold set of rooms each time you come home.


    I've just sent for a Home Energy Check.:thumbsup:
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    paint a picture of a fire on the wall, then huddle round it

    OK, these one's do actually work, I've used both in the past when I was living in a non-double glazed flat and was too skint to turn the heating up.

    First, if you've got radiators, get hold of some large pieces of cardboard and cut them to size. Cover one side with aluminium foil and slide the cardboard behind the radiator shiny side facing inwards.

    Second, cheapo double glazing. Tape strips of cling film until they're a bit bigger than your window, then tape the whole lot across the window recess along the inner edge of the window ledge.

    Draw your Curtains at dusk.....It traps the days heat in the house.

    Have you got individual controls to your radiators? If you have just heat the rooms you use.

    You may be entitled to a heating grant depending upon your circumstances.

    In my last rented house (you can also qualify if you are a home owner) I had a full central heating system with 5 radiators all with individual controls including super energy efficient boiler fitted and cavity wall insulation and it cost me £o.

    See this page for info......

    direct.gov.uk/Bfs…OPK

    BECKYBOO

    You may be entitled to a heating grant depending upon your … You may be entitled to a heating grant depending upon your circumstances.In my last rented house (you can also qualify if you are a home owner) I had a full central heating system with 5 radiators all with individual controls including super energy efficient boiler fitted and cavity wall insulation and it cost me £o.See this page for info......http://www.direct.gov.uk/Bfsl1/BenefitsAndFinancialSupport/BenefitsAndFinancialSupportArticles/fs/en?CONTENT_ID=10018661&chk=MjGOPK



    thanks beckyboo :thumbsup: just applied for grant too

    cindy

    thanks beckyboo :thumbsup: just applied for grant too



    Thats great cindy, I hope you get one!!!!!:-D

    I don't have a huge amount of experience about this, but I can remember a bit about it that I was taught in Physics at school!

    Those foam pads which you put around doorways prevent draughts from blowing hot & cold air from room to room (of course you need to close your doors and turn off the radiators in rooms that you're not using).

    Also, double glazing takes about 20 years to BREAK EVEN on the cost (with saving money on heating) so I wouldn't bother with that.

    If you're snuggled up in one place (e.g. bed) then grab a hot water bottle.

    Gas (or central heating) is generally more cost efficient than electricity.

    Just remembered another one. If you're in a house with wooden window frames, put masking tape around the opening section to cut draughts.
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