28 Nov 2017
Brrrr! It’s getting chilly across the UK and, if you’re living in a student house, this might be the first time you’ve had to think about how to keep yourself warm while also being responsible for paying the heating bills!
There are two ways this can go – you either crank up the heating and cripple yourself with extortionate gas and electric bills, or you wear four pairs of socks plus three hoodies at all times and can’t move your arms until April.
So, how do you get the balance? Here’s our guide to surviving winter in a student house…
It seems simple, but just wrapping up can save you a LOT of money on heating bills. Invest in plenty of layers, especially thin ones which trap air in between and add insulation and ensure you have some warm socks and slippers. If you’re chilly, grab another layer or two before you resort to turning up the heating.
Hot water bottles are cheap and very effective – and not just for your granny! Add an electric blanket to your Christmas list for a toasty bed throughout the winter. They’re not expensive to run and can be a lifesaver on a cold winter night.
Instead of studying at home, head to the library when the weather gets cooler and take advantage of the free heating and electricity! Save your heating for the mornings and evenings.
If you’re all out of the house most of the day, don’t spend money warming up an empty house! You might be able to get away with a few hours in the morning and a few hours in the evening. Make sure you check when everyone is going to be home and try to coordinate the best times to heat your house.