The winter season is fast approaching, and the weather is already starting to get a lot colder. As our energy bills continue to rise, most of us try to refrain from putting the heating on. However, there are a few things you can do to help minimise your energy bills so you can keep your house cosy and warm.

Here are six ways that your home can battle the cold winter head on.

Soft Furnishings

Soft furnishings are a fantastic and cost-effective way to make your home feel a lot cosier. Throws, pillows, and blankets can make any space feel like a cosy haven and you are spoilt for choice as there are so many options out there. It is important to put blankets in the rooms that you spend the most time in. For example, you probably won’t need a blanket in your kitchen, but you may want two or three in your living room.

If you find that interior design isn’t your speciality then use the internet to your advantage. There is plenty of soft furnishing inspiration online to help get you started. You can experiment with different colours and textures to really bring your space to life.

Ensure Your Windows Are Sealed

As the winter season approaches it is important that you check the windows in your home. If you run your hands around the edge of each window you will be able to identify any air leaks. If your window has an air leak you will be able to feel cold air coming through. Luckily, if you identify an air leak early you can often fix this yourself with some sealant from your local DIY store. If you are unsure on how to fix the issue, then it is important that you do your research or ask for the help of a professional.

A New Boiler

A lot of us don’t realise that our boilers could be having a detrimental impact on our energy bills. Old models of boilers are a lot less energy efficient than new ones and they could be heating your home at a much slower rate. If you are unsure whether you need your old boiler replacing, then it is advised that you turn to the professionals for help.

Boiler Central are a company who install and replace boilers in homes across the country. They can help you identify whether your boiler is due for a replacement, and they also offer a range of pay monthly boiler plans so, you can help to split the costs. Replacing a new boiler can be quite daunting on your finances but with a pay monthly plan it makes it a lot easier. You will be able to combat rising energy bills whilst keeping your home nice and warm ready for the winter season.

Use Draft Excluders

If you don’t use draft excluders in your home, then now is the time to start. Many people do not realise that the front doors of their homes can bring in a lot of cold air. Of course, the aim here is to keep your house nice and warm so a draft excluder can certainly come in handy during the colder seasons. As well as keeping that harsh draft at bay, they are also cost-effective. Through some online research, you will find some of the best draft excluders currently on the market. If you really want to keep costs low, then you can even try making one for yourself.

Keep Doors Closed

Another effective way to diminish a cold draft throughout your house is to keep doors closed. If you have a porch in your home, make sure to keep the door closed as it can let in a harsh draft from the front door. Keeping the doors in your home closed can also help your rooms warm up. For instance, if you are gathered in the living room with your family and the doors are shut you will find the space gets warmer over time creating a cosy haven.


Candles are a cost-effective way to keep your home feeling warm and cosy. Although one small candle isn’t going to significantly warm up your home, it creates an illusion that can make you feel cosy and comfortable. Candles are a popular piece of home décor for many. However, it is important that you stay safe and follow rules for candle safety. Although they look fantastic and scented ones can also make your home smell incredible, they can be a fire hazard.

It is important that you do not burn a candle in your home for more than four hours at a time. After this time the wick of your candle will begin to mushroom. This can cause the flame to grow significantly which can pose a threat to your home. It is important to stay safe and never leave a burning candle unattended.

Jackson Martin

Jackson Martin, holding a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas, has been a prominent figure in the home improvement sector for over 18 years. He joined our team in 2020, sharing his expertise in renovation techniques, sustainable building practices, and DIY projects. Jackson's previous experience includes working in residential construction management and as a home renovation consultant. He is an advocate for energy-efficient homes and enjoys participating in local marathon events.

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