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Get Cosy without Costing the Earth this Season

Get Cosy without Costing the Earth this Season

Posted by Sarah, Celtic Sustainables on 13th Oct 2017

     With shorter days come cold-weather energy bills. Each year the same worries about the cost of keeping warm rear their ugly heads, whether those costs are to us or the planet. But we don’t have to put up with it. There are some fairly simple solutions which last years and save countless pennies in the long run. The cost of energy and heating our homes are rising every year,  cutting out other expenses so you can pay your heating bill is one method that you can use to meet all of your heating bills in the winter, but here we are going to discuss a few ideas that you can use at home to cut back on your bills in the winter months so you don’t have to let go of your other necessities as well.

Insulation for the home

    A well-insulated home retains a lot more of its heat, as it is prevented from escaping through roofs and walls. This can generate significant savings on your energy bills as you’ll require less energy to keep your home cosy. The walls and roof can leak warmth at a terribly wasteful rate if left uninsulated, so you might think about starting with those. Natural insulation is a great way to go. You can trust it to do its job, having spent a while working on their insulating abilities. People have worn sheep’s wool for around 5,000 years, and it’s still a favourite of ours come wintertime. Hemp is a fast-growing crop and has very little impact on the planet, so it’s perfect for the eco-conscious. Hemp insulation does a brilliant job, too.

    Thermalfeece wool insulations come in all shapes and sizes to suit your project and it fits snugly between rafters, joists, and studs to offer fantastic insulation performance.

    Natural insulations provided by Celtic Sustainables are made in the UK, so the shipping is kept to a minimum

Get cosy with 100% wool duvets from Baavet   

   Baavet manufacture wool duvets, pillows, mattress protectors and natural fibre mattresses. Made in the UK with 100% British wool. Unlike feather duvets, wool duvets are breathable and wick moisture away from the body to keep you cool and dry; They’re naturally hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant; There are no nasty chemicals inside, so you can sleep soundly with complete peace of mind. You won’t have to worry about buying ‘summer’ and ‘winter’ duvets ever again – a Baavet duvet is for life: all year, every year, forever!

We are Baa-rmy for Baavet, you won’t regret buying one-you will have the best night’s sleep, ever!

Eco Fuel

    What’s more comforting than sitting in front of a roaring fire when the nights are drawing in? The answer is not much, but you don’t have to rely on dirty fossil fuels to keep warm. Whilst wood is undoubtedly the one of the best sustainable fuels, there are other things around which help to cut down on waste and felling.

    Natural firelighters from Flamers, are made from natural, renewable, untreated wood shavings dipped in candle wax. Great for wood burning stoves, open fires, pizza ovens, charcoal barbecues, chimeneas and camp fires, made in the UK from 100% FSC wood (wood from well-managed forests). Flamers natural Firelighters are odourless and you only need one to light your fire. Perfect for winter and summer firelighting what’s not to like?

Stove Fans

    Once the fire’s lit, you can make it go a little further with some easy-peasy energy-saving habits. Does the phrase born in a barn sound familiar? Leaving doors open lets out all the heat, so keep them shut tightly and the heat locked in. Draw the curtains too. With the sun setting earlier, there’s not much to see outside the windows anyway. Wrap the room up with a set of heavy curtains and stop the heat from escaping through the panes to save both money and energy. Then try out a Calfire EcoFan, the fan sits on top of a stove, being spun by the heat from the fire. It pushes heat into and around the room for more even warmth, and doesn’t use any additional energy, so you don’t have to worry about the environmental impact. Increasing your thermal comfort at no additional cost, and using no cables, plugs, or batteries, cutting your current fuel costs as less heat goes a lot further, saving up to 18% on your heating bills. For a larger room, choose the Airmax 812, which can move up to 175 cubic feet per minute.  You will feel the heat 38% faster than you would without the Ecofan.


The National Energy Foundation says “For most households, energy is an expensive necessity. However, there are a number of things you can do to save heat and fuel at home this winter, which will not only save you money but will also make your house cosier and sustainable to run”

Stay Cosy For Less –

Understand your heating system and its controls.

Turn your thermostat down.

Avoid drying clothes on your radiators.

Use a hot water bottle.

Investigate switching to a different energy supplier.

Keep furniture away from radiators.

Draw the curtains and fix extra thick curtains across doorways.

Fit radiator reflector panels, like our radflek heat reflectors. They are easy to install, no need to remove radiators, and nothing to stick on the wall. Heat loss reduced by 45%!!!

Use eco balls in your tumble drier. These create gaps between your clothes, allowing the heat to move freely around and dry your clothes more quickly.

Put on extra layer of clothes and invest in some slippers – it really does keep you warmer!