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Nine ways to keep your house warm, save money and beat the Beast from the East

Liverpool Echo logo Liverpool Echo 27/02/2018 Jessica Walford
Old lady feeling cold © provided by Shutterstock Old lady feeling cold

Temperatures are expected to plunge so low this week that health chiefs are warning older people to turn up their heating to avoid falling ill.

Many people will be tempted to turn the dials up, but there could be cheaper ways of staying warm given the high cost of fuel bills.

Here are some practical tips first published on Wales Online:

Move your sofa

If your sofa is in front of the radiator, it may be blocking the heat.

If you move it, the heat may circulate better around the room.

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If you’re in the kitchen use the oven

The oven is a huge source of heat, often helping to heat up the kitchen.

© Provided by Shutterstock Think about whether you actually need a radiator on too in the kitchen if you plan to cook something in the oven.

Stop that draught

Gaps around doors and windows can be a big source of cold air and drive up energy costs.

But you can use a soft draught excluder to block the gaps in doors, or buy insulation tape to put down over windows.

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Bleed your radiators

This may sound odd if you have never done it before, but it is a simple tip that ensures your radiators are working properly.

Get hold of a cheap radiator key from a DIY shop to open the valve at the top.

The air will start to hiss, and as soon as you see any dripping water, close the valve - and you’re done.

Put tin foil behind the radiator

This simple tip can help ensure radiators actually heat the whole room, rather than just the wall behind them.

Put a thin sheet of card covered in tinfoil, or ready-made foil insulation from a shop, behind it - so it reflects the heat back into the room.

Cover your pipes

Covering your hot water pipes with foam insulation - available in many shops - helps stop heat escaping, and can save money.

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Put down rugs

Rugs can actually help stop heat escaping through the floor, as well as spruce up a room and keep your feet warm.

© Provided by Shuitterstock Shut the doors

Shutting the doors to rooms you are not using or tend not to use can keep the heat for the rooms you actually need.

Put a shelf over your radiator

This can help to stop hot air rising above a radiator, and keep the room warmer.

Just make sure you do not put anything that might get too hot on the shelf.

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