We joked that it was going to be a really cold winter in the house but the reality hit us hard this week. 

When we first moved in, we had the radiators on full blast to heat the place up.  It was very extravagant and we paid the price for it when we spoke to the gas and electricity company a few days ago who told us how much it would cost.  We ‘ve made a few immediate changes to try to bring down the costs but we reached a new low the other night when we could see our breath during dinner.  The temperature has definitely dropped outside and it’s very noticeable that the house has little insulation – the living room is definitely the worst room.  All we can think about at the moment is the day we have a roaring open fire in there!

In addition, ever since we moved in, the radiator in the hallway has not worked which wasn’t helping.  In an attempt to fix it, The Boyfriend spent the other night bleeding all the radiators to ensure they were working to their best and we were very excited when we managed to fix it.  However, it then became apparent that two of the radiators downstairs had now stopped working…it was not helping the temperate situation and getting ready for work in the morning was not much fun.

After spending lots of the weekend trying to sort it we now seem to have them all working  again.  We had some visitors today and put the heating on to warm the place up and having them all on for a long period of time seems to be all it needed.  We’ve also ordered some plastic insulation for the windows as a short term fix.  We’re now just keeping our fingers crossed the temperature doesn’t drop much more!


About katerenovates

Hello and welcome to Kate Renovates - a blog about my attempts at renovation. The Husband and I have now been living in our house for four years and changes are being made slowly. It's an unloved Victorian townhouse that had been converted into two flats. Armed with a little bit of know-how and bags of enthusiasm, we have turned it back into one house and are transforming it into our home. Many of the original features remain but the flats had been rented out and so none of the rooms were in great shape. Luckily, it has a fully functioning kitchen and we recently finished the new bathroom and so things are getting more and more comfortable all the time. We're learning as we go and sharing our ups (and downs) on here as we try (fingers crossed) to bring the house back to life. I'd love to hear your thoughts on my blog or any tips you may have on our house project, so to contact me, please email
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