Staying warm on a student budget

It’s certainly been topsy-turvy in regards to weather in York this winter. Despite having one of the warmest Decembers in living memory, we were then battered by the alarming floods that continue to cause misery for many York households.

So far we’ve had barely any snow, but there’s still a good two or three months of chilly weather left before we can think about getting out our summer clothes. So here are a few suggestions, from draught insulation to electric radiators, that can help keep our student homes warm this winter.

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Unfortunately many of our shared student homes can be fairly old, and as such, they can suffer from draughts bringing in cold air under doorways and through gaps in the windowsills.

The Energy Savings Trust provide some good and easy-to-implement draught proofing measures that show that by merely applying some self-adhesive foam strips along your windowsill, you can stay warm and save money too.

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Similarly, many of our student houses often have fairly outdated central heating systems that can be highly inefficient when it comes to heating a shared house. This is because they are often controlled by a central thermostat which turns the heating on, regardless of how many rooms are occupied.

An easy solution to combat this would be to install a compact electric radiator in your room. Companies like Verismart sell slimline electric radiators that can help you to stay warm as they can simply be plugged into a wall socket without linking to the central heating, so that you gain easier control over your individual heating needs.

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But it’s not only hi-tech appliances such as electric radiators that can keep you warm, as simply keeping doors closed can do much to eliminate draughts and keep heat from escaping. The Independent provide a quick guide to the benefits of hot water bottles and hot drinks that can prove to be a cost-effective way to keep warm without breaking the bank.

However, if things get really bad, then as a tenant, you are always within your rights to contact your landlord to see if there is anything that can be done to improve the situation.

If they fail to deliver a solution, then your local authorities can assist in inspecting the property and can take action should the property pose a risk to your health and safety.

So from simple things like hot water bottles to hi-tech solutions like electric radiators, there are many things that can be done to combat the cold this winter!

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