How to Keep Warm Whilst Working from Home Without Increasing Your Bills
As we enter another UK lockdown and more people are forced to work from home this winter, there might be an urge to just turn up the heating to keep warm. However, for some, this poses a serious financial burden on their budgets, especially those who have been made redundant or taking 80% salary.
Perhaps we took the little things in the offices such as heating, a constant kettle boiling and lights that are always on for granted. Not all of us can afford to run our house like the office, so here are a few suggestions that will help keep your bills down whilst you stay warm and cosy.
It may seem a little paradoxical to plug in a heater when you are trying to save money on bills? The difference is, this heater costs 24p per hour when it's on maximum power - depending on the size of your room it could take up to just 5 minutes to warm up the whole room. This heater is rated energy A+, so it is proven to be efficient within its field.
Now that you are working and living in your home 24/7 you may feel obliged to heat the home 24/7, but it is much more effective to heat just the rooms you are utilising. This product is a modern convection heater with three different settings, it's slimline and portable so you can move it between the rooms that you are in. The end result: a warm home-office but cold house.
Another little tip is to keep the doors between your rooms closed, so that your heated air doesn't leak out.
This luxury electric blanket is a must-have in our house, whether you're snuggling up at night for a movie or nowadays wrapping it around my lower half whilst in a conference call. With its rapid heat-up time and nine adjustable settings, this blanket costs just 2p an hour to run and certainly keeps you warm.
One benefit we absolutely love about this blanket is its long charging cable, at 2.4m long it means that you don't have to be stuck close to a wall socket to enjoy the warmth and comfort of this soft blanket.
It comes in a multiple of colours, so it is not just for the females of the house - at the end of the day it's about keeping warm and saving money, who cares how you get there. What sets this electric blanket apart from the others on the market is that it can still be machine washed, remarkably it will not interfere with the electrical aspects.
Hot Water Bottle
It may seem old fashioned, but carrying a water bottle around the house is a must. It is the cheapest of all our options, but probably not the most effective. Hot water bottles are known to only stay hot for 2-3 hours, unlike the heater that will warm your hold body up the hot water bottle due to its size is limited to one area at a time. This product is a great option if you are on a budget, but you may want to think about how many times you are going to be needing to boil the kettle each day, and the cost of that too.
This Vagabond hot water bottle is one of the larger ones on the market, holding two litres, and we really think it is one of the best on the market! Just be careful not to overfill it or burn yourself.
Now boiling the kettle every time you want a hot brew to keep you warm can be more expensive than you realise, according to NPower it costs 2.5p every time you boil a full kettle, say you are doing that once every hour, on your average working day that is 20p per day. A way to cut those prices down in half is to use a flask - have it on your desk and you have hot drinks in just a pour.
Not only is this saving you money on your electricity bill, but it is also saving you time in your workday.
Thermos is renowned for being the best in the market when it comes to vacuum chambers. This specific product is a large thermos so it will keep you going for most of the day, and can keep your brew hot for up to 12 hours. We would not recommend putting it in the dishwasher, but don't worry, they're pretty easy to clean!
Lights - keeping the whole house lit 24/7 can be really expensive, and If you have children you'll understand that your house can go from being pitch black to looking like the Blackpool Illuminations in just seconds. If you wanted to bring down your house bill by using fewer lights, we would recommend: 1) setting up by a window for natural lighting and 2) purchasing a small desk lamp for the evening when the nights draw in.
This specific lamp is fantastic, it is USB and portable so it can be set up nearly everywhere. It has three different light settings, for different times in the day as well as different activities. Another added bonus which we adore, is the ability to wirelessly charge your smartphone (depending on iPhone and Samsung models). It has LED light bulbs, so is super energy efficient and will last for years to come.
It is very uncertain times at the moment, and we understand that it can be difficult, added stress like increased bills are also probably not helping. We hope this blog has opened your eyes to some of the possible ways you could bring down your bills this winter, and enjoy working from home a little bit more.
Happy working! 👩💻
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