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

Updated: May 25, 2023

So, the year races along and we are heading deeper 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? 

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 we must back any 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 post we have highlighted all kinds of ‘moves’ to aid this not inconsiderable battle. Spotted - online this week was a testing item from the team at - always informed people, who, in this instance, are serving up 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. Their key info on offer and very usefully and clearly made to be sure!

staying warm

The Super Six items then 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 – and having already piled on a couple of jumpers are 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…..take note say the Energy Helpline experts.

desk heater ‘saving’

According to the relevant 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 - 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, “ An 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… would still only cost £1.66 per week”

tactics galore

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

We at Mint Builders are, of course, here to help locally with all kinds of questions and ideas relating to all your new home extensions or renovation ideas and plans whether for these challenging times now and probably 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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