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Travel: Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, Scarborough Last weekend Nana and I took a rather lengthy journey north for a night away at the Ox Pasture Hall Hotel in Scarborough, with Little Dude in tow. The Ox Pasture Hall Hotel is a luxurious country hotel...

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Guest Post: Heating Your House On The Cheap

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Guest Post, Information | Posted on 11-02-2013

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For many families, one of the main concerns at this time of year is the thought of running up an expensive gas or electricity bill. This is a significant problem, particularly at a time when it seems that the costs seem to be rising.

You may have real fears about how you will be able to afford to heat your home this winter. It’s important that you should keep warm and it’s vital to note that there are real hazards associated with failing to do so when the temperature starts to drop outside.

The best solution will involve a creative approach to staying warm. Although you may be tempted to imagine that your central heating system offers the only solution in this respect, it’s likely that you have a number of other options available to you.

Don’t heat every room

One of the big mistakes that some people make is to believe that they need to heat every room of the house. Although you may well have a radiator in each room of the home, keeping all radiators on will lead to a significantly higher energy bill.

A far better solution is to concentrate on only heating the rooms that you’ll actually be using. This can be achieved in a number of ways and you may take the approach of switching off radiators in particular rooms.

An alternative approach would be to use a small heater than can be transferred from one room to the next. There are plenty of mobile solutions available, including oil filled radiators and electric fan heaters.

Such heaters can be extremely cost-effective, particularly when you’re looking for a relatively short burst of heating within a room of your home.

Think about insulation

It’s also important to think about the heat that you may be losing. Since you are paying to heat the air, your spending levels will be higher if that warm air continues to escape from your home.

There are some significant steps that you can take to reduce heat loss, including the use of cavity wall insulation, modern double glazing and loft insulation. There may even be grants available to assist with the installation of some of these improvements.

There are also some simple actions that you can take to ensure that you are making the most of the heat that’s already within the home. Ensure that doors are closed, for example, so that the warm air doesn’t escape from rooms that you want to stay warm. Make sure that curtains are drawn too, in order to limit heat loss via windows.

Wear more layers

By wearing more layers of clothing you may find that you can avoid using other heating solutions to the same degree. This may make it possible for you to turn the thermostat down, allowing you to save a little more money.

Although you may feel that it’s uncomfortable to wear too many layers, the reality is that it’s good news for your finances.

Summary

The key to keeping heating bills low is to ensure that you use as little energy as possible. That means avoiding heating rooms that you won’t be using. It also means ensuring that you don’t turn up the thermostat higher than you really need to.

If you can make use of layers of clothing and ensure that there is sufficient insulation within the home, then you’ll find that your energy bills will remain under control.

BIO: This is a guest post on behalf of HSS Hire. If you can’t afford to purchase a new energy efficient heater, why not consider hiring one from a tool hire company like HSS Hire.

Product Review: Joe Browns

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Fashion, Product Reviews | Posted on 17-09-2012

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Joe Browns was set up to provide something that little bit different from other clothing catalogues, and when you flick through their book or browse their online store that difference is clear. Their clothes are a lifestyle choice. You won’t find anything in the Joe Brown catalogue that you might find similar somewhere else. Joe Browns clothes are distinctive and add something a bit special and unique to your wardrobe.

This Easy Livin’ Dress is one of my favourites from the new Autumn/Winter range. A knitted pointelle top with two handy front pockets and a floral hem which gives the appearance of layers, this top is perfect for the cold season. On chillier days paired with dark jeans and boots, or on those rare warmer Autumn days worn with brown or black leggings. This top is ideal for casual day wear, or can be dressed up and accessorised for a night out at the local pub with friends.

The Joe Browns summer sale is currently on where you can snap up a few last minute bargains whilst the late summer just about lasts. I found these great Floral Espadrille Pumps.

They are SO comfortable and extremely versatile. Pottering around the house, hitting the high street shopping, lazy evenings in the pub or out for a date – these shoes will get you through most events and gathering, and you’ll wonder how you ever survived without them.

The NEW Autumn/Winter range is available now from the Joe Browns website, and there are still a few bargains to be had in the sale!

Disclaimer: I received the items mentioned above to review from Joe Browns, but all opinions are my own and were not affected by the company.