Saturday, 22 August 2009

I know it's early but...

...I've been on the MSE website and there is a very useful thread on there called "Preparing for Winter". I know, I know, it's August. It's meant to be the hottest time of the year, but already we have felt a bit chilly in this house so I am starting to get sorted so come the cold weather we won't be landed with a ginormous heating bill!

We don't have gas heating here; our main heat source is a multi fuel stove and we also have an immersion heater but I don't want to use that too much as it is expensive to run!

Currently we have the immersion heater on for one hour a day in the morning. This gives us hot water for the day (our shower is electric so doesn't need water from the immersion heater) and as there is only the two of use and the fur babies, this is enough for us to do our washing up etc :)

We pay £35 a month DD for our electricity and we have got our quarterly bill this morning and are a little bit in credit. I know it will increase in the winter but I hope it will be no more than an additional £15 a month (fingers crossed!)

The stove in the living room can use either coal or wood so over the next few months we are going to find a good supplier and get a stock of logs and coal.

Other things that we plan to do are:
  • Fleecy blankets - we already have a few to snuggle up under when watching the telly. I'm going to get a few more of these as they can go on the beds to keeps us warm at night
  • Draft excluders - as this is an old house, I think it might get a bit drafty. I'm going to make some draft excluders so go in front of the doors etc to keep us toasty and warm
  • Thermal linings for the curtains - I've seen these on Ebay for about £30 per pair but I'ce also seen the thermal material a LOT cheaper in Dunelm Mill so I think I'll have a bash at at making my own
  • Hot water bottles - we have three of these so I will check to make sure they are still ok and maybe get a couple more so Mr P actually gets a look in with these ;)
  • Fleecy pjs - not sexy I know, but warm
  • Bed socks - see above!
  • A "proper" waterproof winter coat for me - I have a very nice winter coat but it's not particularly practical living in the country so I'm on the look out for a berghaus type jacket to keep me dry on our walks
  • Flannelette sheets - we bought some of these last year and they were so cosy. The ones we got were just cheapy ones and have gone a bit bobbly so I'll be looking out for some more good quality ones
  • Candles - we have had a few pwer cuts since living here. Most have only been for a few minutes but some of the neighbours have said that they are more frequent in the winter
  • Scarves / hats / gloves - dig out all our winter gear and put it in the utlity room so it is easy to get to when we need it
  • Foil behind the radiators - to reflect the heat back in

Mr P thinks I'm a bit mad (and you probably do too!) but I'm feeling a bit more organised now and have a plan of action!


Josie-Mary said...

I have a real urge to go in the garden & prepare it for winter, I so fed up of seeing dying summer plants 'cos we've had no summer :(
I like this post, it's coming up to my fave time of the year, I'm already buying cardigans :)

Lisa said...

I love the MSE site, it's a mine of ueful info. Primark is a good place for fleect blankets, we have a fair few here. Winter is our house is spent with G turning up the thermostat and me turning it back down again and telling him to put on a jumper!
Keep snuggly!
Lisa x

jackiescrafts said...

Some great ideas to prepare for winter

Jackie x

StitchWiz said...

After this heat Im ready for some cool too. I see that you like cross stitching as I do. Thought I'd let you know that I have
a nice sized Christmas freebie that I have put
up for everyone. Look forward to you stopping
by! Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

I don't think you can ever be too early in the planning because it's as if one day it's slightly Autumnal weather and the next it's just Winter! ;-)

And, thanks for the reminder - I need to look into getting a proper coat too and some more candles!

Would you consider opening your comments to the name/url option?

A Thrifty Mrs said...

Good for you!
I wrote my winter checklist last week and shall be doing some checks in the coming weeks.
You've reminded me that we need a few more hot water bottles.

We have some lovely fleece blankets that were very cheap from Ikea.
Remember to put a blanket in your car for incase, God forbid you should break down on a cold night.

ruby said...

I was saying about this today to my fellow and I can't believe how its got colder and before you know it the coal man will be round again!

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sharie said...

Great tips.
I always put a huge fleece blanket on our bed instead of a flannelette sheet - so much warmer! In fact we have one to lie on and one to cover us and then a duvet and then a quilted bedspread.

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