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Old Oct 20th, 2011, 00:35 AM   31
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Not sure if they have this over tehre, but here you can get this plastic wrap stuff to put over your windows (on the inside) that keeps the heat in and prevents drafts.

http://www.creativehomeowner.com/ind...ectid=chwin232

.... I'm thinking of doing it this winter, because there's an awful draft from our bay window in the living room. it's covered by curtains anyway and I usually leave them closed for privacy, so it's not visible on the outside and won't be offensive on the inside either. Aside from that, we keep the furnace set a couple of degrees lower and wear sweaters/socks/slippers/etc in the house.

Rather than using the big oven I'd often cook in the toaster oven if possible, since mine had a broiler setting and it uses way less energy (it's since bit the dust lol but it saved so much money!!)

We switched to HE washer & dryers which made a big difference too.

On the beds, when it's cold I keep the mattress cover, fitted sheet, flat sheet, a blanket, then the comforter on top so we have layers and can use as many/as little as needed. I put an older rolled up blanket (as in doesn't match my living room to use as a throw) along the door to prevent a draft...

We use HE lightbulbs and have flourescent lights in the kitchen and basement. I turn off power bars and leave lights off as much as possible, etc.



 
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Old Oct 21st, 2011, 09:15 AM   32
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Wilkinson's are currently selling draft excluders for 1.50! Bargain!



 
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Old Oct 21st, 2011, 11:44 AM   33
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What temperature should the thermostat be at for inside?



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Old Oct 21st, 2011, 13:53 PM   34
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We have a carbon monoxide detector. Put heating on for first time yesterday



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Old Oct 22nd, 2011, 00:15 AM   35
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Average is around 18 degrees, but some people (like me) prefer it warmer at 20.



 
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Old Oct 23rd, 2011, 13:43 PM   36
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We bought 2 blankets to have for when were on sofas, there so thick and lovely material and keep you lovely and warm. Weve turned heating off again as we dont need it with the blankets. Only 10 from ebay so well worth the money



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Old Oct 25th, 2011, 05:46 AM   37
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We have our heating on a timer so it goes on for a bit at night and then a bit in the morning. The council replaced our windows so more heat stays in We also keep the doors closed. I turn off the radiator in rooms we aren't in during the day. Our electric is high anyways because DH works from home, but I try to keep lights off during the day and at night, I put them on only in the rooms I'm in.



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Old Oct 25th, 2011, 06:25 AM   38
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I think some of my radiators need bleeding... read the previous post on this thread, my question is does water shoot out or just trickle downwards

our front door is terrible, it has a gap down the side of the door (the side it opens) the hall is always FREEZING and to make it worse our daughter door is poorly fitted and has a big gap to the floor which makes her room freezing!

so now im thinking tht i should get her a draught excluder and when i shut her door at night put it there?

i cant do nothing about the door as we private rent and our landlord is rubbish!!!
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Old Oct 25th, 2011, 07:14 AM   39
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You should keep on at your landlord to get it sorted, or at least get the foam strips to go along the gap?

I found a large gap in the bathroom window and expressed my concerns about how cold it felt and the cming winter. The window has been replaced within week and he replaced the window next to it aswell!



 
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Old Oct 25th, 2011, 15:31 PM   40
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those foam strips for doors work fab. i double layer them. i blocked up the vent in the front room with masking tape so not to ruin the walls but it blew off with the high winds on sunday.

anyone got any tips for how to stop draughts/wind coming down the chimmney. we have 2 gas fires but never used them as its too expensive



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