Here are 10 simple tips for keeping your house warm for little or no extra cost – just in time for that severe weather warning.

 1. Use your curtains to keep your house warm:

Heat from the sun is free so make the most of it. Open your curtains and let the sunlight in during the day to make use of this free heat. When it gets dark, shut your curtains, which act as another layer of insulation and keep warmth in your rooms. You should also make sure you don’t have any leaks or gaps so that the warm air can stay in and the cold air stays out – this also helps to reduce condensation.

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2. USE TIMERS ON YOUR CENTRAL HEATING

The Centre for Sustainable Energy advises that programming your boiler to turn the heating on a little earlier – such as 30 minutes before you get up in the morning – but at a lower temperature is cheaper than turning it on just as you need it at a higher temperature.

This is because a boiler heats up at a constant speed whether you set your thermostat to 20°C (68°F) or 30°C (86°F).

But don’t make the mistake of leaving your heating on low all day – because then you’re just paying for heat when you don’t need it.

The Centre for Sustainable Energy advises that programming your boiler to turn the heating on earlier – such as 30 minutes before you get up in the morning – but at a lower temperature is cheaper than turning it on just as you need it at a higher temperature (stock image)