Thursday, December 22, 2022

I turned the heat off for a week to only use cheap gadgets like hand warmers – two stood out and saved real money

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WINTER is upon us, but as the cost of living crisis deepens, many Brits are looking to turn off the heating to cut expensive energy bills.

The average bill has risen to £2,500 a year since the Energy Price Guarantee came into effect last month.

But if you’re a large family that uses a lot of energy, your bill is likely to be even higher.

Aside from layering up and sipping hot beverages, are there other ways to stay toasty and warm at home?

We asked mum-of-three Lynsey Hope, 41, from West Malling, Kent, to turn off the heating for a week and find alternative ways to keep warm instead.

Lynsey said: “I work from home and have three children who all watch TV, play on smart tablets and we cook, clean and do laundry a lot.

“Our energy bills are through the roof, so I’m very interested in finding ways to save a little money.

“Turning off the heat until it gets really cold can help – but I don’t want to freeze!”

Below, Lynsey reveals how she’s fared after turning it off for seven days:

The temperature has already dropped and usually my heating kicks in when the temperature at home drops below 17C.

I have a cold house so even in October it fell under that.

This week I turned off the heating. When I first woke up in the morning, it felt particularly chilly.

I ran downstairs, made myself a warm cup of coffee and sat on the sofa under a £79.99 Lakeland electric blanket.

The blanket has worked wonders and is great for curling up on the sofa in the morning or watching TV at night.

The kids all snuggled underneath it when they woke up.

I spend most of my day working at home in the office, so there is no point in heating the whole house.

After a little research I have invested in a halogen heater which is said to be among the most energy efficient you can buy.

I tried one from Wilko which only costs 13.6p an hour.

It was only £23 but did a really great job of keeping my home office warm.

The rest of the house felt cold, but that didn’t really matter.

Although the office felt pleasantly warm yesterday, my hands were super cold.

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