- Draw curtains first thing in the morning to get free heat from the sun, and close them at dusk to trap the heat in.
- Wipe condensation off windows every morning. If you leave it, the moisture will re-evaporate into the air, making your home damp and harder to heat. You can purchase a scoopy from our online shop, which catches condensation as you squeegee it.
- Ventilate daily by opening windows on opposite sides of the house for at least 10 minutes, even in winter.
- Assess your heating - in a very draughty house, radiant heat (bar heaters, log burners) will keep you warmer than convection heat (fan heater, oil column heater). Call us for advice on how to best heat your home using the resources you've got.
- If you use a dehumidifier, turn your heater on at the same time - warm air is easier to extract than cold air.
- If using a log burner, only use dry firewood.
- Hot water can account for up to 30% of your power bill. Use cold water for washing clothes and rinsing dishes, and make it a rule to have shorter showers in the winter months.
- Keep a gap between furniture and external walls to prevent mould from growing
- Use a double door sausage, that moves with the door, on doors between heated and unheated parts of the house. Available online.
- Reduce condensation and dampness by keeping the doors to bathroom, kitchen and laundry shut.
- Unflued gas heaters can emit up to 1 litre of moisture every hour, causing dampness in your home. They are expensive to run, and can release dangerous gases. Only use them in an emergency.