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Ideas and knowledge to help you  and yours  beat the ‘now-on’ energy crisis Winter ahead 

Updated: May 26, 2023

So October races along and we are heading into Winter, armed hopefully with the best Government financial support available to each of us, depending on our financial and social status.

For sure, however hopeful we are that the financial offerings will assist, …there is a horribly real feeling of some anxiety in the air, laced with a good deal of relevant  high level  uncertainty…wouldn’t you say? 

behaviour ‘moves’

The talk is that, of course , we must make sure we get all the financial support we can, but many of us are only too much aware thatvwe must back this bonus bit of cash with some well-planned behaviour moves and changes to try and further help us to get through the looming Winter energy battle ahead. 

Testing schedule

Here on this blog we have highlighted all kinds of moves to aid this not inconsiderable battle. Spotted online was a testing item from the team at These always informed people offered online a testing schedule of approaches on six things to do to cut heating costs - the part of energy bill this Winter which probably, for many,needs the most tight control and reining in. Some key info was on offer and very usefully and clearly made it seems to be….

staying warm

The Super Six for Energy Saving offered to help you cut heating costs while staying warm is here ….  First move they say is … give a room a quick heating boost for less! 

save energy

There are plenty of ways, say these experts, to save energy before you crank up the central heating. If you’re working from home – already piled on a couple of jumpers and considering turning the heating on for an hour – a cheaper option could be buying a small electric heater. If you’re just using one room – it can be much cheaper to use a small electric desk heater according to what the  Energy Helpline experts suggest.

desk heater ‘saving’

According to its number crunching – energy expert Rosie McDonald says a mid range desk heater from Dunelm can cost £14.00 and 68p an hour to run  By comparison - turning on the central heating for an hour - could cost you just more than £3.00, based on an average household boiler. It could mean a saving of £17 over the course of just one week.

an electric blanket ‘saving’

Also, if you’ve got an electric blanket – switching it on for an hour before hopping into bed – costs just 3p an hour.  Leanne O’Malley, of Studio says says, “one hour’s usage each night would equate to 23.8p per week. For those, who want to keep their electric blankets on for longer, using a 100W electric blanket for seven hours every night. That would still only cost £1.66 per week”……. which seems a valuable bit of advice you’d have to say!

tactics galore

So you see there are lots of tactics to consider …..check out more here …and check back for more on this always useful local home extension and renovation blog - (we like to think!!) - for more!   ….

We at Mint Builders are, of course, here to help locally with all kinds of questions and ideas relating to all your new home extension or renovation ideas and plans whether for these challenging times now and later on well on into 2023 too . We can  assist with all your 2022 and 2023 home renovation priority planning and project organisation of all kinds.

Feel free to request our project planning and quotation visit to refurbish or extend your home for more energy saving ‘liveability’ during this tough Winter ahead and vital increased future protective money making added sales value, vital perhaps in these challenging financial times . Contact Mint Builders about you home extension, renovation or reorganising on 07734 211958 or email

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