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Get ready for winter: make your house cosy

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 5 November 2010 at 9:40 am

Last winter was one of shivering on the sofa, extra jumpers, and exorbitant heating bills. If you haven't already done anything to make your house a bit cosier, and warmer for winter, now's the time to get on and do it.

The great news is that there are lots of small, practical and cheap things that make a big difference. My favourite one at home is stuffing bubble wrap down holes in the floor, left when a radiator was removed, to stop the howling draughts that used to swirl around my ankles whenever I was watching TV. It's not the most beautiful repair I've ever done. But quick, free and very effective!

We'll be bringing you a series of practical ideas of things you can do between now and the end of November to help you keep warm and keep your bills down this summer. We'll be adding a new idea on our facebook page every weekday, and we hope you'll join us there with your ideas and questions, and examples of things you've done that have worked in your house.

Also, watch out to for our new poll. We want to know whether you expect to be warm enough at home this winter (at a cost you can afford). Please let us know by voting on the home page. And we'll be running competitions for the best idea and the best picture submitted, with prizes that you'll be able to use to improve your home energy efficiency.

It all kicks off on facebook on Monday - we look forward to seeing you there. And if you can't wait, then there's lots of things to get started with on our energy efficiency pages, or you could browse our learning from the pioneers section for inspiration on a massive scale.

Photo by Tony Alter


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