15 frugal tips for your energy this Autumn/Winter plus WIN an Amazon Echo Dot!

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Frugal tips to save money on your energy this winter

When it comes to saving money on your energy this winter there really is a lot you can do.


frugal tips for your energy


1) Having boiler insurance is very important. You do not want to be without your boiler and repairs and replacements are very expensive – do make sure this is in place.


2) Shopping around for the right tariff is also uber important. Energy+BoilerCare is a new tariff from EDF Energy that comes with 6 months boiler and heating insurance included so you won’t have to worry about overwhelming and unexpected costs! I will never forget our boiler breaking down one wintertime just before Christmas and the huge expense this cost us because we weren’t insured. It was a nasty shock and something you will most definitely want to avoid. Have a look here for more information on Energy+BoilerCare.


3) Check for gaps around doors and windows and block those gaps. Insulation tape is easy to apply and inexpensive.You can buy it all good hardware shops.


4) Pile on the layers as this really does trap in heat and don’t forget your socks and slippers!


5) Manage your heating by considering one of these Smart Heating Solutions that enables you to control temperature on your thermostat even when you are not at home. This way it will be nice and toasty when you come in but not wasting heat before then.


6) Close internal doors to stop heat escaping.


7)  Do consider a hot water bottle, heated blanket and a winter duvet then you can turn your heating off at night.


8) We all eat more cooked food in winter so do consider batch cooking so you still get all those lovely home cooked meals but your oven isn’t on constantly.


9) Unplug your appliances and turn off your lights. Simple and speedy solutions but they all make a difference.


10) Consider turning down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting.


11) When you make a cup of tea fill y a flask with the hot water to save you having to reheat your kettle.


12) Change to energy saving lightbulbs – we use A LOT more artificial light in winter.


13) Open curtains /blinds in the day to let in light and close them in the evening to keep in warmth.


14) Turn down your thermostat slightly and definitely when you go out.


15) Air dry clothes in a warm room rather than turning on your tumble dryer.


Oh, I could go on! The little things really do make a difference. There are so many smart ways to save energy in winter and keep costs low. A lot of it is common sense but it really can make such a difference.


How the Amazon Echo Dot can help

You can use the Amazon Echo Dot to control lights and your heating, which can help with reducing energy usage. If you are an EDF Energy customer you can download energy skill and ask Alexa to check your energy account balance and next payment date, submit a meter reading or find out when your tariff’s due to end. This should make it easier to stay on top of your energy usage and understand it better.


Win an Amazon Echo Dot

To celebrate the launch of their fabulous new Smart Home Store, I have teamed up with EDF energy to give away an Amazon Echo Dot! Let me first tell you a little bit about their new store.


EDF Energy Smart Home Store

I am so excited to tell you about the brand new EDF Energy Smart Home Store. There are so many choices for smart products it can all be terribly confusing, can’t it? The EDF Energy Smart Home Store makes smart tech simple, helping you take the first steps towards having a smart home. We all know we need to move with the times when it comes to energy and this makes the process so much easier. Do take a look at the EDF Energy Smart Home Store It is a one-stop jargon-free shop for all your needs. Doesn’t that sound brilliant!


How to enter

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning the Amazon Echo Dot is to enter the Rafflecopter below.

I wish you the best of luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway


‘This competition starts on 1st November 2018 at 12am and ends on 1st December 2018 at 12am. The sponsor of this competition is EDF Energy. Open to legal residents of the UK who are 18 years old +. The prize is an Amazon Echo Dot, retail value approx £39.99. No purchase necessary and no cash alternative. The Winner will be selected at random by the Rafflecopter from all eligible entries received throughout the promotion period. Prize must be claimed in 7 days after announcing the winner. The winner will be contacted by the email provided and sent the prize in the post directly from EDF Energy. The winner will also be viewable on the below Rafflecopter. Any personal information supplied by you during the competition entry will only be used for contacting you if you are the winner and not for any other purpose. Good luck!’








  1. Ann Gwillim
    November 1, 2018 / 10:49

    I keep warm with a good old fashioned water bottle

  2. Amelia Kennedy
    November 1, 2018 / 11:05

    I suffer from very cold feet in the winter, so wear cosy thermal socks all the time, which are really effective at keeping me warm x

  3. Emma H
    November 1, 2018 / 11:07

    A heated throw and a mug of hot chocolate.

  4. julie f
    November 1, 2018 / 11:28

    wrap up with a chunky jumper and a cup of hot chocolate

  5. Vivien
    November 1, 2018 / 11:58

    Lots of layers instead of just one jumper

  6. Nicola Biven
    November 1, 2018 / 12:37

    Extra layers and a good cup of tea !

  7. Dion petrie
    November 1, 2018 / 13:11

    Fluffy pjs and bed socks

  8. Kelly Glen
    November 1, 2018 / 13:47

    A nice warm blanket.

  9. Edward Guerreiro
    November 1, 2018 / 14:11

    I drink a lot of hot drinks, mostly tea. Also, a good stew will always warm you up nicely.

  10. sam macaree
    November 1, 2018 / 14:27

    big jumper

  11. Ritchie
    November 1, 2018 / 14:41

    Wear extra layers

  12. iain maciver
    November 1, 2018 / 15:59

    a good bowl of homemade soup and plenty warm clothes

  13. Becky John
    November 1, 2018 / 16:16

    Heat Holder socks and a hot water bottle.

  14. Laura Jeffs
    November 1, 2018 / 16:46

    Take a hot bath or a hot shower, drink some hot beverages, just stay indoors.

  15. Annabel Greaves
    November 1, 2018 / 16:52

    I love a delicious warm drink

  16. Rich Tyler
    November 1, 2018 / 17:05

    Cuppa Tea & Blanket #Snuggles

  17. Andrea Fletcher
    November 1, 2018 / 17:37

    Wearing layers, having a fluffy throw on the sofa and a hot water bottle at bedtime.

  18. Alison
    November 1, 2018 / 18:13

    I grab a cosy blanket

  19. Jo Richards
    November 1, 2018 / 18:32

    A lovely heavy furry throw on me whilst watching TV and we all have a lovely throw on our beds

    November 1, 2018 / 18:47

    Lots of homemade soup and hot chocolate to keep warm!

  21. Rena Plumridge
    November 1, 2018 / 19:03

    Nice blast to snuggle up to on the sofa

  22. Jackie Howell
    November 1, 2018 / 19:26

    layer up, a lot of layers is so much better than one heavy jumper and easy to peel off or put on as the temperature changes

  23. Lynne OConnor
    November 1, 2018 / 19:44

    layers and slippers. I’m sitting snuggly without the need for heating as we speak wrapped in two layers and a sleeping bag with my fluffy slippers

  24. Jo McPherson
    November 1, 2018 / 20:06

    A fleecy blanket on the sofa and a hot water bottle in bed

  25. Kevin Honey
    November 1, 2018 / 20:16

    Thermal underwear and extra layers if necessary

  26. Keith Hunt
    November 1, 2018 / 20:17

    I just like a nice hot water bottle.

  27. Lee Edwards
    November 1, 2018 / 20:35

    Would be great to win!

  28. Jennifer Toal
    November 1, 2018 / 20:36

    Hot water bottle to bed

  29. MM
    November 1, 2018 / 21:00

    Put a heavy, thick curtain against the front door to keep out drafts.

  30. Marc Chivers
    November 1, 2018 / 21:00

    A nice warm fleece.

  31. Jo Jones
    November 1, 2018 / 21:17

    My tip is to go and visit the relatives that heat their house like a sauna so I can turn my heating off for the evening. Haha!

  32. Lisa Parker
    November 1, 2018 / 21:19

    A cardigan, hot chocolate and a cosy pair of socks x

  33. jenna rothen
    November 1, 2018 / 21:22

    a dressing gown and the fire on

  34. Rachael G
    November 1, 2018 / 21:25

    I love this one: 7) Do consider a hot water bottle, heated blanket and a winter duvet then you can turn your heating off at night.

    Sounds so cosy, that it wouldn’t be seen as going without heating at all!

  35. Paula Phillips
    November 1, 2018 / 21:49

    A hot water bottle and a fleece blanket.

  36. Mary Chez
    November 1, 2018 / 22:33

    A nice warm drink and wrap up in a fleece on the sofa

  37. Solange
    November 2, 2018 / 01:42

    Extra layers, a hot water bottle and a cup of hot chocolate.

  38. Justine Meyer
    November 2, 2018 / 21:19

    Onesies and blankets for us.

  39. Sheena Batey
    November 2, 2018 / 22:37

    Cuddle a hot water bottle or indulge in a onesie

  40. Ema J Lowe
    November 2, 2018 / 23:05

    keep the heating on 24/7 at a low heat of say 17, it then doesn’t feel so cold and you have to have it up really high and then become too hot. wear layers to.

  41. John Oates
    November 3, 2018 / 01:53

    Great giveaway

    November 3, 2018 / 08:12

    my battery operated socks!!!!

  43. Heather
    November 3, 2018 / 13:02

    I wear two pairs of socks a lot and a jumper AND a dressing gown

  44. judy kennedy
    November 3, 2018 / 16:40

    Hotwater bottle

  45. Louise Smith
    November 3, 2018 / 20:06

    Central heating on low all the time (but don’t tell hubby)!

  46. Nicki Ramsay
    November 3, 2018 / 21:05

    Bed socks and a warm winter duvet. I only have my heating on for an hour after bed time and then it’s off until half an hour before I wake up. I always stay nice and toasty.

  47. Karen R
    November 4, 2018 / 08:40

    Lots of woolly accessories xx

  48. cheryl hadfield
    November 4, 2018 / 10:13

    Hot water bottle and a cost throw

  49. Maggie Coates
    November 4, 2018 / 18:52

    I have a microwaveable wheat bag for when my hands get really cold

  50. Lucie Aiston
    November 4, 2018 / 22:06

    Extra layers on if chilly to try and keep the heating to a minimum.

    November 5, 2018 / 00:27

    i love taking a hot water bottle to bed during the cold winter months. even my two cats get a hot water bottle placed on my bed where they sleep.

  52. Michelle Smith
    November 5, 2018 / 08:27

    Snuggle up on the sofa with a warm blanket and a hot drink

  53. Liz Burton
    November 5, 2018 / 09:44

    You’ve covered lots of my favourite tips already. A little thing that can help which I do is always leave the oven door open once you’ve turned it off and finished cooking (not suitable if you have small children!!!). You might as well have the extra heat in your room than just letting the oven cool down with the door shut. It keeps the kitchen toasty warm while you’re eating!

  54. November 5, 2018 / 09:50

    I’m northern, “I’m cold can I put the heating on?” “DO YOU THINK I’M MADE OF MONEY?! put an extra jumper on and be done with ya!” was a daily argument. I am all about the ‘arm knit’ blanket though this winter. They’re so soft and huge. I have just bought one from So1obags (soon to be on Etsy). Amazing!

  55. Natalie White
    November 5, 2018 / 13:58

    I love a hot water bottle! 🙂

  56. Linda Ford
    November 5, 2018 / 14:11

    Hang a curtain over your front/back door to help keep the draught out!

  57. Sara Owen
    November 5, 2018 / 15:31

    I keep warm with nice fluffy cosy socks and a nice relaxing warm bath

  58. Tracy Newton
    November 5, 2018 / 20:17

    Lots of layers. Plus I go to bed early to watch tv. It saves keeping the heating on

  59. Nikki Hunter-Pike
    November 5, 2018 / 21:23

    wear a few light layers, the air trapped between the layers will keep you warmer than one big thick layer!

  60. Alica
    November 6, 2018 / 12:22

    Fluffy socks and a toasty dressing gown are a must in the cold weather!

  61. Michelle Ferguson
    November 6, 2018 / 20:36

    A nice cosy blanket snuggled up on the sofa

  62. Diana
    November 7, 2018 / 12:32

    Cup of tea and a cosy blanket 🙂

  63. Carole Nott
    November 7, 2018 / 15:31

    wear lots of warm clothes and have hot drinks regularly

  64. clair downham
    November 7, 2018 / 15:58

    snuggle under a blamket

  65. Tracy Hanley
    November 7, 2018 / 19:12

    Fluffy socks , warm pyjamas, cuddled up under a throw

  66. Alison Johnson
    November 7, 2018 / 22:44

    I have a snuggly blanket but I also burn candles. The flickering flame gives the impression of a fire which equals warmth!

  67. Nancy Bradford
    November 9, 2018 / 10:16

    My tip is to layer your clothes and to learn to enjoy it slightly colder.

  68. Kim Neville
    November 9, 2018 / 15:12

    Getting cosy with our soft heat holders blankets. Our family love them 🙂

  69. Karen Barrett
    November 9, 2018 / 18:51

    I love warm vimto

  70. Angie McDonald
    November 10, 2018 / 21:36

    My favourite cosy jumper and a hot chocolate always helps! Always keep a fleece blanket to put over you whilst snuggling on the sofa too!

  71. Olivia kirby
    November 10, 2018 / 23:59

    I always have slippers and a grotty fleece on at home! I drink tea or hot water with lemon all day and have a hot water bottle for bed.

  72. Julie Scattergood
    November 11, 2018 / 01:29

    Layers are the key. My feet need to be warm too so nice warm socks. I keep a throw nearby on the sofa to snuggle into

  73. tamalyn roberts
    November 11, 2018 / 14:18

    a hot bath and then a cuppa tea in bed with my kindle

  74. Al MacInnes
    November 11, 2018 / 21:29

    I have a lovely log burner, my wife also has a blanket, even in this summers heat wave.

  75. Hayley Colburn
    November 12, 2018 / 01:01

    hot baths to warm up my bones lol

  76. Lorna Ledger
    November 12, 2018 / 16:35

    Slow Cooker chicken Curry, our bellies nice and full,

    Dave’s got his feet up, enjoying time to chill,

    Our comfies on, smellie candles lit, Curtains tightly drawn

    And without even trying we’ve got our Hygge on!

  77. Cathryn Crawshaw
    November 12, 2018 / 17:28

    a cosy blankey and a cuppa

  78. Lisa King
    November 13, 2018 / 08:34

    A nice thick chunky blanket and snuggled on the sofa with loved ones

  79. Kay Broomfield
    November 13, 2018 / 10:49

    Fluffy jumpers and house boots always keep me toasty warm!

  80. sarah tulley
    November 13, 2018 / 15:08

    fluffy socks and hot water bottle. 🙂

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