The use of blinds, rugs and curtains can all help you insulate your home this Winter
This traditional way of stopping heat lost through your doors is a simple but effective practice of using draught excluders. It is also one of the cheapest and most efficient ways to save energy. Stopping cold air in and warm air out of a room can save you up to £50 a year. Stores like Next, John Lewis and Not On The High Street have stylish draught excluders that look good as well as saving you money.
Draught Excluder from Dibor at Not On The High Street
Carpets or Rugs
Having a carpet or a rug in a room helps provide another layer of insulation, and traps the cold air from rising in the room. We have floorboards in our bedroom and recently we have bought a large rug. As well as a design statement I have noticed that the room is warmer and cosier and when I am downstairs the noise is less from the bedroom.
Wool and Cotton Kilim rug by Hunter Jones Vintage from Not On The High Street
Thick heavy curtains with lining can really make a real difference to the warmth of a room. As my lounge is black and beige I love these velour curtains in Mink from Next. The soft velour material adds a touch of luxury to any room and the lining keeps light out when drawn as well as keeping heat in.
Lined velour curtains in mink from Next
Energy Saving Blinds
Energy saving blinds such as blackout energy blinds and awning blinds from the company Velux can reduce heat intake by up to 90%.
With blackout blinds, the blackout cloth has a honeycomb structure which can help keep your house cool in the summer and warm in winter. Whilst awning blinds stop the sun before it even hits your window pane which will reduce incoming heat
Blackout blinds can help make your home cool in summer and warm in winter
A radiator shelf helps throw the heat forward into the room, and away from the wall, rather than it rise up to the ceiling. Many can be bought so they can clip onto a radiator for ease of use.
Jaga Beech Effect shelf from B & Q
As you can see there are lots of easy ways to save money on your energy bills whilst adding some style to your home. Which do you use?