The image shows a pile of logs to the right of the photo with snow and a building to the left in the background; Winter in the Countryside How To Stay Cosy and Cut Costs

With the chillier days and longer nights of winter upon us, staying warm and cosy becomes our top priority. However, with the rising cost of energy, it’s also crucial to find ways to keep our homes warm without breaking the bank.

This handy guide will introduce you to some practical steps that will help ensure your rural retreat remains a snug haven throughout the winter months, while also helping you cut down on those pesky heating bills.

Seal the Deals (and the Draughts!)

First things first, let’s tackle those draughts. It’s surprising how much warmth can escape through the smallest gaps in unsealed windows and doors, turning what should be a cosy room into a chilly retreat. Investing just a bit of time and a small amount of money in draught-proofing your home can lead to significant savings on your heating bills.

You’ll find a variety of draught-excluding products at most hardware stores, with self-adhesive foam tapes being among the easiest and most cost-effective solutions. These tapes can be applied directly to the edges of windows and doors to seal off any gaps through which cold air might enter.

Consider inspecting loft hatches, letterboxes, keyholes, and even floorboard cracks for a more comprehensive approach. These are often overlooked sources of cold air infiltration. Specialised products, such as brush seals for letterboxes and keyhole covers, can further draught-proof your home.

Additionally, for those larger gaps, using a silicone sealant or expanding foam can create a more permanent solution, ensuring that warmth stays in and the cold stays out.

Layer Up – Your Home, That Is

Just as we instinctively add layers of clothing to ward off the winter chill, we can apply the same principle to our homes. Think of thermal curtains as the winter coat for your windows; they’re designed to provide an additional layer of insulation, keeping the warmth in and the cold out.

But why stop with your windows? Adding rugs to wooden or tiled floors can significantly increase the warmth of a room. According to energy-saving experts, floors account for as much as 10% of heat loss if they’re not insulated. Rugs not only add warmth underfoot but also contribute to the overall insulation of the room, trapping heat and making your living space more comfortable.

Embrace the Power of External Wall Insulation

While smaller tweaks can make a difference, for substantial savings and comfort, external wall insulation is a smart move. Companies like NextEnergy offer solutions that wrap your home in a protective layer, significantly reducing the amount of heat that escapes.

This might require an upfront investment, but the reduction in heating bills and the increase in your home’s energy efficiency can make it worthwhile. Plus, your home will feel warmer and quicker, which is exactly what you want during the winter.

Get Cosy with Lighting and Accessories

The ambience in your home can also make a big difference in how warm it feels. Soft, warm lighting can create a cosy atmosphere that makes your home feel warmer. Candles and fairy lights are perfect for this and can be a cost-effective way to make a room feel snug.

Additionally, investing in heavy blankets and throws for your living areas and bedrooms can keep you warm without having to turn the heating up.

Smart Heating: Control it Wisely

With the advent of external wall insulation, controlling the heat in your home has never been easier. These devices allow you to adjust your heating from your phone, meaning you can turn the heat on just before you return home, ensuring it’s warm when you arrive without having to leave the heating on all day.

Many smart thermostats also learn your schedule and adjust heating accordingly, ensuring you’re not wasting energy heating an empty house.

Cooking to Warm Up

Your kitchen is another unexpected ally in keeping your home warm. Baking and cooking can raise the temperature in your home, not to mention the delicious smells that add to the cosy atmosphere. After using the oven, leave the door open to let the heat disperse into your home (but only if it’s safe to do so).

Community Spirit

Lastly, don’t underestimate the power of community during the colder months. In many rural areas, community initiatives can help residents prepare for winter.

Whether it’s sharing tips on where to get affordable insulation materials or coming together to buy heating oil in bulk, there’s strength in numbers. Plus, spending time with neighbours at local events or gatherings can also warm the heart, and that’s just as important.

In A Nutshell

Staying warm and cutting costs in the countryside during winter doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With some preparation and smart choices, you can create a warm and inviting space for yourself and your loved ones without spending a fortune. From draught-proofing to smart heating and insulation, every little change adds up to a warmer, more cost-effective home.

So, as the temperature drops, remember that with these tips, your countryside abode will remain a cosy sanctuary all winter long.

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I’m Stacey, in my mid-late 30’s, from a tiny village (officially a hamlet) in Lincolnshire.

I’m a mum to two handsome boys. They’re both diagnosed autistic but that only makes them different, not less. Barney, a Frenchie x Beagle, is my furbaby. Owner of a husband too!

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