The only thing stopping you from turning the heating up to full blast is probably the electric bill that comes with it. We’re often reluctant to turn the heating on as we may not feel the need, and then proceed to shiver all through the winter months. To overcome both issues, we’ve written this guide that highlights alternative methods to keep warm during winter that could also save you a few pennies in the process.


Tinfoil is used for many different reasons, and one of its primary features is that it reflects light as well as heat. Next time you do have your radiators on, we recommend placing a few strips of aluminium behind the radiator. This will prevent the heat from disappearing/spreading through the wall and will divert it back into the room and therefore making your radiators more effective. 

Brushed Letterboxes

If you own a house, the chances are that you own a letterbox. In the winter, every time something is posted through your letterbox a cold draught will enter your home but in general, if there are even tiny gaps it could cool your room significantly. One quick and easy way to overcome this issue is to install a brushed letterbox. This will reduce the amount of airflow into your home, even if it's just a small amount of air you’re sure to feel the effect. You can also invest in insulated cat flaps if you have on.

Shut Doors of Rooms Not in Use

When a room is not in use but the door is open, this just gives more space for your heat to spread. The problem with this is that the more it spreads, the colder it gets. A quick and easy way to keep the heat in one place is to shut any doors of rooms that are not in use. 

Clear Your Radiators

Your radiators should be surrounded by open space whenever possible. If items are covering your radiator, such as a sofa, the heat is absorbed directly into the sofa rather than into the air of the room. This isn’t just making the room colder than expected, but it’s ramping up the electricity bill for no reason. 

Let Sunlight In

The days are much shorter in the winter, and the sunlight is limited, however, sunlight provides a natural source of heat that costs nothing. During the day, you should open your curtains to let sunlight in. As soon as dusk falls, close your curtains or blinds. This will not only prevent the colder rays from entering, but it will keep the warmer air in.