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5 Tips to Stay Warm on a Budget

5 Tips to Stay Warm on a Budget
 With temperatures plummeting and snow forecast, it’s important to stay warm now more than ever. But you’re probably on a budget and heating isn’t cheap.

Fortunately, you don’t have to rely on central heating to keep yourself warm through this cold spell, we at Blue i have put together a few tips on how to stay warm on a budget.
 
  1. Get moving
While your first instinct when cold weather strikes might be to go into hibernation, moving around will warm you up.
 
Whether you decide to exercise or clean your flat, a workout naturally raises your body temperature and gets your blood pumping.
 
  1. Get Cooking
A good meal can make you feel warmer.
 
Eating foods that are high in protein and iron and healthy fats can help you to keep warm in the winter months.
 
Also, the heat from the hob or oven when you’re cooking should heat you up a bit.
 
  1. Layers!
This might seem like an obvious one, but layering clothes can go a long way in combatting the cold.
 
You may be tempted to reach for a comfy jumper or dressing gown but wearing multiple thinner layers of clothing has been scientifically proven to better insulate your body against cold weather.
 
Warm air gets trapped between the layers acting as an insulator so forget about how ridiculous you may look and layer up!
 
  1. Snuggle up with a hot water bottle
Invest in a hot water bottle.
 
You can get one for less than a fiver and once you’ve got one, you’ll wonder why you didn’t buy a hot water bottle sooner.
 
  1. Don’t forget, we’re here to help
You’re probably going to want to turn your heating on at some point and we at Blue i are here to make sure you can.
 
If you’re having problem with your central heating, you can easily report a repair through .
 

Blue i 2018 - Looking Back

Blue i 2018 - Looking Back
Blue i 2018: A Look Back on An Amazing Year

2018 was a great year for us at Blue i Properties, we saw a lot of positive changes. Perhaps the biggest change is that we moved. We were previously located on Stanley Street, but we are now at 30a Ashbourne Road in Derby. Feel free to pop in and see us any time if you have a query and if you do happen to drop by, you’ll get a chance to meet our three newest employees.

We welcomed Debbie Collins into our Blue i family, whose bubbly personality has been a great addition to the office. We also hired two new greeters: Chip and Jaq. These two loveable Staffie Crosses have become the first faces people see when they come into the Blue i office and they like to greet everyone enthusiastically. And we have continued to uphold our promise to deliver comfort and security to our tenants.

Prompt and proper maintenance is something that we at Blue i Properties pride ourselves on and we know that this is very important to our tenants. Be it a leaky tap, mould and mildew, or a broken boiler; you can easily report a repair through the easy-to-use system on our website.

We hold ourselves to a high standard at Blue i and the quality of our properties reflects that so in 2018, we also undertook major renovations on several of our properties. We completely refurbished five properties - two houses and three flats (photos to follow) - and you can also look out for our new signs.

We are forward-looking at Blue i so we have updated our signage for the new year. And going into next year, we want to keep growing. We are looking to welcome more landlords into our Blue i family and expand our professional and graduate properties. Overall, 2018 was an amazing year and we are looking forward to 2019.
 
 

Chip's Chatters

Chip's Chatters
 Jaq and Chip – sitting on the front chairs in the Blue i office on Ashbourne Road
 
My name is Chip, on the right in the photo sitting on the chairs in the Blue i office and my older brother is Jaq on the left and together
we are the most recent additions to the Blue i family.
 
We’re two loveable Staffie-Crosses and we both have white coats but I’m slightly bigger than Jaq. Having white fur means that we
might occasionally shed a few hairs that can show up on black leggings or trousers, but it’s not too bad as it brushes off very easily.
 
William and Maryvonne adopted us from the Just for Dogs Rescue Centre in Brailsford, which they’ve supported for almost 30 years.
This means that we don’t know exactly how old we are, but we think that I’m about nine -years-old and that Jaq is about ten.
Although I am nine years old, this means I am about 56 years old in human years but despite my age I still rush around like a puppy
of nine months!

 

Meet Our Blue i Family: Debbie Collins

Meet Our Blue i Family: Debbie Collins
So, Debbie, how long have you worked for Blue i?
“I’m a new member of staff so I’ve only been here for a couple of months. It’s really lovely.
It can be intense while you’re here but it’s nice to do a normal nine-to-five job.
I used to work at the airport, and a hotel too, but the hours were crazy.”

 

Better renting value for Students

Better renting value for Students
 
The abolishment of letting fees by Blue i for 2018/19 is great news for the University of Derby student tenants as they will be saving minimum of £150, which is a significant saving.

When you consider that Blue i do not charge any Management Fees or Administration fees or Contract fees these saving can increase up to £300, which is the equivalent of one month’s rent. Not only that but one 2nd year student was overheard today saying that “it is very sad thinking that if I had looked around a bit more and hadn’t rushed in last year that I could be living in a much better property than the one I am in at the moment. If she had gone along to Blue i she would have more space and better quality at a lower price”

It is so frustrating for us when we hear these sorts of stories but on the other hand it is delightful when we see expressions of huge delight on their faces when we show them the quality, which is available from a from Blue i Properties.

The moral of this story is shop around and do not take the first property you are shown and definitely do not take anything before you visit Blue i’s Properties. You will get a better property and pay less not only in rent but you won’t pay anything in fees.

 

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