This is one of my favourite times of year. I love the autumnal colours on the trees and the chill in the air just makes me want to get snuggled with a hot chocolate. As the months get cooler however there is the concern of heating your home.
Frugal ways to keep warm this winter
In a bid to keep our own costs down I’ve been really thinking about how we can keep warm on a tight budget. Working for myself from home means I don’t have an office or a work place to go to during the day. I love the fact that I can work my own hours around my family but this also means we need to keep the house relatively warm throughout the entire day.
It’s not so bad when I get booked for a mystery shop or I go out sourcing for my reselling business. As both of these things mean I can make the most of being out of the house. While I’m at home matched betting or I’m working on my blog however it’s a different story and I need to find ways to keep warm.
Here are some ways to save money on energy, alternatives to putting the heating on or maybe just turning the thermostat down a little.
Keeping your energy bills down
It goes without saying that the first thing you might want to think about is making sure you’re on the cheapest energy tariff available to you. For most of us though, the hassle of comparison sites and haggling with energy companies is not a welcome task.
If that’s the case you may want to consider signing up to a service such as Look After My Bills. They keep you on the cheapest rates by switching you automatically when you start to pay too much. Signing up is really simple, and takes just a couple of minutes. No more comparison sites each year, no more hassle and no more overpaying on your energy bills.
Put on some extra layers, an extra jumper, 2 pairs of socks and blankets are all really helpful. It’s often better to layer up than to put one thick layer on. We also keep a few blankets on the end of ours and the children’s bed’s to pull over when needed. Blankets also give that wonderful cosy feel and can be picked up relatively cheap from Primark and discount stores. I love to snuggle up in a blanket with my laptop while I complete some surveys for half an hour.
Hot Food and Drinks
Sometimes hot food and drinks throughout the day can help keep you feeling warm. If you have to go out and about maybe consider a flask of soup, tea, coffee or hot chocolate. Or if you take part in mystery shopping you might even be able to grab yourself a free hot dinner and place to sit down.
Hot water bottle
Hot water bottles are great at keeping you warm. If you’re putting the kettle on for a hot drink use any leftover water to fill your hot water bottle. I love heating our beds up at the end of the day with hot water bottles, just pop them under your covers an hour before bed.
Go for a walk
This may sound crazy but sometimes getting out in the cold and moving about can make you feel warmer when you get back home. Exercise can also help keep your mental health in check if you suffer through the winter months.
Visit a Library or other public places
Not only a great place to borrow books or go online. The library can also offer a warm place to be. If you’re a side hustler like myself then you could even use their free computers to get some work done.
Get some financial support
If you are really struggling to pay for heating bills throughout the winter there’s no shame in getting some support. Fuel poverty exists in the UK and it’s more common than you may think. Here is a list of options for anyone struggling right now from Citizens Advice.