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With the dark evenings and frosty mornings suddenly here, it's tempting - and potentially costly - to keep your thermostat on the highest notch.

Here are our top tips to keep your home warm and cosy in a cost-effective way.

1. Time your heating

On most thermostats, you'll be able to set the central heating system to start and stop at certain times of the day.

This can be a real life-saver during the icy winter months - so set yours to ensure you wake up to a warm house. 

2. Bleed your radiators

If you're having to turn the thermostat up higher and higher, check that you're getting maximum efficiency out of your radiators.

They might need bleeding if they have cold spots, which are caused by air becoming trapped inside. 

3. Bundle up with blankets 

Bring your blankets and throws out of storage and drape them over your furniture, and yourself, while you curl up in front of the TV.

Thick, woolen throws over a sofa can add an extra layer of comfort to your home, with Laura Ashley offering a range to suit any interior colour scheme.

4. Wear an extra layer... or three

It's the oldest trick in the book during the cold months of the year, but you can't beat a jumper for keeping cosy.

When the mercury really starts to plummet, try thermals and some cute bed socks like the ones from John Lewis.

5. Keep all of your doors shut

When your heating is turned on at home, keep the doors to each room shut to stop the heat from escaping.

This simple tip will mean you don't have to keep repeatedly switching on the heating.


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