Tips for a warmer house

Winter in 2021 is cold and different from the previous ones. Because we have to stay inside most of the time, electricity bills may be higher… So here are some tips to feel a bit warmer. You will find financial help, simple trips and some low cost DIY (let’s make rice sock and draught stopper).

FINANCIAL HELP

In Dundee, you can apply for a fuel well voucher here and contact Dundee Energy Efficiency Advice Project for advice

TRICKS AND DIY

When you are in the kitchen … 

  • If you are cooking and using the oven, leave it open once you are finished! This will heat up your kitchen for a bit. 
  • Also, boil some water in a kettle or in a saucepan. The steam will warm up the room and you can enjoy a great tea. And use the tea bag to pamper yourself!

Bed time, you need a cozy and warm bed!

It is not the best feeling to sleep in cold sheets…  2 techniques:

  • 10-15 minutes before going to bed, place a hot water bottle in it. It will be nice and cozy when you are ready to go to dreamland.
  • Use your hairdryer to put some hot air in your bed. 1-2 minutes should be enough. Make sure not to cover the vent!

Keep the heat inside!

  • The power of curtains. Open the curtains when it is sunny, close them as soon as it’s dark. The sun will warm up your room and the curtains will retain the heat at night time. 
  • Another trick shared by Alison Thomson on our Facebook page is “to put a heavy curtain on a curtain rod or wire behind the front door – to help prevent drafts including from letter boxes.” Thank you!
  • A technique to diffuse the heat around your room rather than going up your ceiling, is kitchen foil. Place some foil behind your radiator and that’s it!
  • Bubble wrap and unused window. If you have a window you don’t need to see through it, place bubble warm to keep some of the warm air inside!
  • Look for the draughts around windows and doors, you can cover them with self-adhesive tape.

Radiators not heating properly? Bleed them.

If your radiators are not as efficient as they used to be, bleeding them might be the solution. You will need a special key or screwdriver, and a bowl or towel to collect the water.

You will need to adjust the pressure of the boiler otherwise it won’t work. Look at this video for more information!

Ready for some DIY? 

Make a rice sock to carry everywhere

You will need:

  • A clean sock
  • Some uncooked rice (Quantity will depend on the size of your sock)
  • thread and a nettle or just some string to close it.
  • Some essential oil (Lavender, Jasmin, camomile, …)
  • Pour the rice in the sock and close it (with a thread or a string). Make sure it’s very tight!
  • Heat up in your microwave for 1-2mins with a cup of water.
  • Check the temperature with your hand before putting it on yourself (just in case!)
  • Add drops of essential oil if you want to!

Build a Terra Cotta Heater

This candle heather presents a fire hazard, make sure you keep away from kids and don’t leave unintended. 

Photo from Pinterest

You will need: 

  • A couple of clay pots
  • Candles – Here is the instruction on how to make a candle!
  • A few bricks or other support 

Check this very interesting video

Easy draught stopper

From the garden therapy

This 30 minutes project will stop draught coming into your home!

  • For the fabric you can use: old curtain, mismatched socks, jeans
  • For the filling, you can use: sand, grit, dried beans, dried grain,  rice, nut shell, cat litter, plastic bag,  synthetic polyester (from an old pillow for example).

Check this website for amazing creations!

We hope these tips will help you to keep your home a bit warmer and maybe make great creations!

Published by Nadegegrows

Garden Assistant/Tend and Share project worker

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