When temperatures drop, turning on the heating tends to be most home-owners first move. But while this is a quick fix and sometimes necessary, it isn’t always the most cost-effective way to heat a home. On top of this, there are many ways you may not be getting the most out of your central heating and in fact wasting some of the heat it pumps round each room.

Lack of wall insulation, no double-glazing, gaps in windows and doors and old boilers can let out vital warmth. However, these are problems most commonly faced by those who are trying to heat older builds or period properties. New builds are significantly better equipped to keep in heat, and with just a few adjustments ahead of the winter, many owners of new builds say they only need to use central heating to a minimum. A huge financial saving year -on-year.

Stopping draughts around the house can be a very straight forward job. Draught excluders can stop chills from coming under doors, and can also double up to look nice as well. If you have a fireplace you don’t use, you could also look into getting a chimney balloon. This simply self-inflates inside the chimney breast to plug the gap and stop any cold air from traveling down and into a room.

It might be instinct to think shutting curtains will also help to keep draughts out. But during the day, its best to keep them open to let any natural heat from sunlight seep through. Then once it gets dark, shut them to keep the heat from the day inside. Curtains also make a room look cosy and snug, and can be great for interior design.

There are many other ways you can make a home feel cosier and therefore make it feel warmer. Lots of cushions, throws over the sofa or bed, candles and lamps will help you feel snug. You could also try and lay down a thick fluffy rug, especially if you have wooden flooring, to ensure your home feels warmer under foot.

There are many small tricks you might not have thought of when it comes to keeping your home warm this winter. Even using the oven to heat the kitchen after cooking can be extremely beneficial. But if you still find yourself shivering while trying to sleep and turning on the heating, make sure you’re getting the most out of it.

Move any furniture so it isn’t covering the radiators and don’t leave clothes on them for too long either. This will stop the heat from circulating a room.

Also be sure to bleed your radiators. Air can get trapped inside which can prevent them from working properly, and ends up being very costly. This is a very easy job, and a radiator bleeding key can be found in any DIY shop.

So instead of dreading the colder nights and huge gas bills, curl up in a blanket with a warm drink and enjoy your cosy nights in your beloved home.