Wednesday, 12 December 2012
Keeping warm on a budget!
Hello Dear Reader,
We had a damp and mild autumn so the onset of this recent very cold weather has been a bit of a shock. Even so, I've got used to it really quickly and now I'm not finding it that bad at all. I'm happily wrapping up and popping a blanket on my lap as I've had to face up to the fact that I just can't afford central heating! We've had our meters read and are due a four hundred pound plus refund and we've changed energy companies and more than halved our monthly direct debit payments. I'm hoping to reduce it even further once they read the meters again at the end of the winter.
There are many things we do to keep warm. We eat well and came home to a slow cooker full of stew. We use our wood burner to keep one room warm; it does shrink our house considerably but it's better than having no heat at all. I use oil filled electric radiators in rooms such as my sewing room, keep it on the lowest setting and keep the door closed; it's not warm but it's not cold either. We only use them when we are in there. We take ourselves and the dogs out for a walk every night and the exercise warms us all up. We dress warmly and have extra layers we put on when we get home.
We have plenty of hot drinks, in my case plenty of herbal infusions. We get to bed early which saves on lighting and logs and we watch TV in bed.
It does mean our totally unheated bathroom is a trial by ice to get in, washed and out of as fast as possible but as water is flamin' expensive, that's not such a bad thing! It is rather like this.........but without the cheery smile! I thought I was the optimistic one!
Now, if you want or need any other ideas of how to keep warm on a limited budget some great advice can be found on the AGEUK website. It's rapidly approaching my bed time and I'm off to snuggle up between several duvets and I definitely be warm and toasty there!
Over to you....what are you doing to keep warm on a budget?
Love Froogs xxxxxx
Advice from AGEUK.