Now that the evenings are getting shorter and the air has a slight chill to it, it’s time to start thinking about winter. Many of us sacrifice putting our heating on to save a few pennies and this can cause us to feel uncomfortable in our own homes and can often lead to becoming unwell.
1. Heat the Room you are Using
If you are trying to save some money on utility bills, there are ways in which you can cut down on heating without cutting it out. Try heating the room that you will be in most throughout the day. You can switch your heating on during the day in the living room and switch your heating on in your bedroom just before you are going to go to sleep. You can also set timers on your heating so that it will switch on when you are home and off when you are out.
2. Keep Active
Exercise is important at all times of the year but can be especially beneficial in winter. We know it’s not the nicest time to head out but a brisk stroll can warm you up in no time! If the weather is not its best, perhaps go to a gym class or try getting active in the house. Even simple housework can get your heart rate up and is a cost effective way to keep warm.
3. Draw the Curtains
As it begins to get dark, make sure you draw the curtains straight away to keep in as much warmth as you can. This also goes for closing doors and windows. For the winter months, you can get curtain linings and sew them on for an extra layer of insulation. You’d be surprised what a difference it can make!
4. Eat Well
In winter, our body uses up a lot of energy to keep us warm. It’s important to eat regularly throughout the day to ensure you keep your strength up. Soups, stews and hot drink are brilliant to give you a warming lift. Eating well will help you to fight off those nasty winter bugs as well. Read our previous post for information on some immune boosting foods.
5. Layer Up
Instead of one large jumper, the secret to keeping warm this winter is lots of thin layers. Air gets trapped between the layers and heats up, keeping you nice and snug. Start with a vest and thin tops and tights/leggings and then add on the layers. Thermals also make a big difference. Long sleeved thermal vests and long johns will keep you feeling toasty.
6. Grab a Hot Water Bottle
The old tricks are the best. You may be a fan of electric blankets but nothing beats a hot water bottle for keeping your toes warm in bed. A hot water bottle is a cheap and really effective way of keeping warm. You can pop one in your bed before you go to sleep and enjoy a really cosy night. They’re not only for beds. If you’re feeling a bit chilly, curl up with one on the sofa.
7. Add Some Soft Furnishings
Adding a few more throws and blankets to your sofa or bed provides an inexpensive heating solution. There’s nothing like getting cosy with a hot drink and a nice blanket around you to keep you warm. Many high street shops have low cost fleecy throws on sale but you can also find some beautiful ones in charity shops for next to nothing.
8. Get the Best Deal on Energy
While there are many tricks to keeping warm without breaking the bank, it’s impossible to avoid higher energy bills throughout the winter months. Make sure you review your energy provider as changing can often make a big difference to your monthly bill. Don’t forget about your entitlements such as your Winter Fuel Allowance. Also, make sure you read your meters if your bill is estimated to ensure you are not paying too much.
While many people are concerned about price increases in energy bills, it’s still essential to keep warm. As we get older, it’s important to take care of our health and it’s much easier to prevent a nasty cold or the flu than it is to get over it. Following these simple tips will make a big difference and keep you feeling your best all winter long.