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A Simple Tip To Stay Warm In Bed

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With the autumnal nights getting cooler, today I’ve got a simple tip to stay warm in bed without increasing your heating bills.

And yes, if you read Wednesday’s post then I am definitely all about the sleep lately.  My littlest one is teething and has had a stinky cold, so needless to say no-one is getting much sleep in our house.  Hence why all the thoughts about sleep!

Anyway, enough about my sleep deprivation and back to staying warm in bed this autumn and winter.

This tip could also be titled: a simple tip for marital harmony.  It’s multipurpose, I do like a good two for one.

It’s really simple.  In fact, it couldn’t be simpler.  If you have a double bed, instead of opting for a double duvet, switch to a king size duvet.  If you have king size bed, switch to a super king sized duvet.

This way there is enough duvet to go round, especially if one of you (ahem, me) is a duvet hog.  It’s a bedtime game changer, I promise.

We’ve done this duvet trick since we’ve been together and it definitely helps minimise the duvet hog arguments, and keeps you both warm.  It’s also great if small children have a habit of creeping into your bed of a morning.

In case you’re worried, a larger duvet doesn’t look weird, and doesn’t trail on the ground either.  I honestly wouldn’t go back to having a double duvet on a double bed again.

If I’ve convinced you on the benefits, and you’re in the market to size up your duvet and bedding, then here’s a handy guide to ethical bedding that I put together a little while ago that you might find useful.

Do you have any other tips on how to stay warm in bed this winter?  

Energy Saving, Home and Garden

Save Energy With One Simple Step #15

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It’s been quite some time since I last shared an easy energy saving tip, so this simple way to save energy is long overdue.

This one is about dishwashers, and I know what you’re thinking – they’re not entirely the sexiest of subjects, but bear with me please!  I know you’re also thinking that yes, yes, yes, you know that dishwashers are more energy efficient that washing dishes by hand, and so you’ve got your dishwasher and are feeling quite eco-friendly about it, while it gently hums in the corner.

But why stop there – let’s go further than that and learn how to save a whole heap more energy with your dishwasher without any additional expense or effort:

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Did you know that by simply opening your dishwasher door after the final rinse ends, and letting your dishes air dry can save a considerable amount of energy?

I’m not sure exactly how much – I’ve seen energy saving estimates using this method ranging from a conservative 15% to a colossal 50% of energy saved.  My instinct leans towards the higher end of this spectrum – any aspect of heating, such as the heat involved in the drying cycle, is energy intensive, so skipping this step is bound to save a whole lot of energy.  But even if the actual figure sits somewhere in the middle of those estimates then that’s a heap of energy and money saved, especially if like us your dishwasher runs at least once a day.

I find the most effective way to air dry dishes is to open the door after the final rinse cycle ends, emptying out any water that has accumulated in dishes.  I then pull out the bottom rack, and leave the door open for a couple of hours.  I find that’s generally enough to dry everything – especially in this hotter summer weather.

Using a vinegar rinse aid, like the one outlined in this chemical free cleaning products post, helps reduce the likelihood of spots on glasses that might occur through air-drying, in case you’re worried about that.

If you enjoyed this and are keen to save more energy then there are fourteen other easy ways like this to help save energy: you can find all those posts under my save energy simply tag, so you can saving today!

Images – Cutlery: Sarah-Jane Brand / Door: Rebekkalvacson