Eco-Gadgets to keep you warm this winter

The nights are getting longer and the days are getting colder, winter is fast approaching and it’s time to think about staying warm while keeping your home energy efficient. Luckily we have a range of eco-gadgets and home improvements and gadgets designed to boost the efficiency of your household and banish the cold this winter.

1. Radiator Booster
The Radiator Booster 3 does exactly what you think, its boosts the efficiency of your radiator by taking the normally wasted warm air from behind the radiator and circulates it around the room helping to heat your home faster, reducing the length of time your boiler is in operation. An ultimate eco-gadget, all you need to do is position the booster on top of your Radiator and plug it in to a nearby socket, no need to worry about turning it on or off as it only activates the fan system when the radiator reaches approximately 32°C, the green LED indicating that it is operational. Not only does the Radiator Booster heat your room faster, it actually saves the average household approximately £140 a year, with a running cost of as little as 30p per annum, a truly energy efficient gadget for heating your home.

2. Radiator Foil
If you’d rather increase your radiator’s efficiency without using electricity then Radiator Foil is for you. Simply stick the foil to the back of your radiator using the magnetic tape provided and heat will be reflected back into the room instead of being absorbed into the wall, saving you energy and giving you the potential to lower your gas bills. There is enough foil to cover 5 meters of radiator, so you can use it in multiple rooms and it comes with 10 meters of self-adhesive magnetic tape for easy installation. Although less of an “eco-gadget”, this foil is a great way increase the energy efficiency of your home!

3. Draught Excluder
A draught excluder is also a great way to keep a room warm and save money. All you have to do is push the insulator underneath your door, so that when it’s closed there is no draught coming through the gap. You’ll save energy because you won’t have to turn the heating right up, in turn keeping your heating bills down over the cold winter period.

4. Aladdin Auto vent
Every so often you might find that you need to bleed your radiator because there is too much air trapped at the top. It can be an extremely messy job, but thankfully it’s been made much easier by the Auto Vent, a permanent radiator fixture designed to eliminate the need for radiator keys. The vent works by automatically releasing the air from your radiator so the hot water will fill it right to the top, ensuring your central heating system is running efficiently, saving energy, the environment and reducing your heating bill.

5. Vektra Kettle
Granted, the Vektra Kettle is not going to heat your home efficiently, but I’ve added it to this list because it is an energy efficient kettle, and if you’re anything like me you have more than your fill of hot drinks during winter. The great thing about the Vektra Kettle is that once it is boiled it keeps the water hot for up to four hours, so you can make endless cups of tea without boiling the kettle over and over again! The kettle has a vacuum flask inside with double insulated stainless steel walls, that’s how it stays hot, saving water, energy, time and money! (Please note the water supply in the kettle is not actually endless, there is a limit to how many cups of tea you can make with one boil!) We have different sizes and colours of this stylish kettle on offer so it’s bound to fit in with any kitchen!

6. Fishbone English Mustard Throw
Yes I know a throw is not a gadget, but I decided to include this Fishbone English Mustard Throw because it can be used as a blanket when you want to snuggle up on the sofa with a hot chocolate (made with your Vektra Kettle!) watching TV or reading a book. It’s the most traditional way to keep warm during winter, plus it is a great accessory for the home so you’ll get more than one use out of it!

Do you have any tips for keeping your house warm in winter? Let us know by commenting below!

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  • Great overview of gadgets that can help you stay cost effective and energy efficient this winter. There are also a lot of things you can do at home yourself to avoid problems, such as making sure your gutters and drains are clear to avoid blockages, insultating pipes in cold areas to avoid freezing and scheduling an annual boiler check to identify any problems before the really cold weather hits. Stay warm!

  • Rob

    Nice article. What about setting a timer on your heating system so that it only comes on at certain time in the day? Especially if you’re spending long periods away from home e.g. At work.