It’s ironic that I’m writing a post about keeping warm in winter when we’ve just experienced the warmest December in 54 years here in the UK, but the thermostat has dipped a little so I’ve decided to share some thrifty ways to keep warm this winter, helping to avoid excessive Home heating bills.
There are a few tweaks and things you can do which shouldn’t break the bank and thanks to a winter warmer package, courtesy of LV, I’ve been able to put together a thrifty winter warmer kit, which, given the unpredictable weather, will probably be more at home in July!
- Close the curtains at dusk and tuck them behind radiators (if you can) to help minimise heat loss through the windows.
- Tilt venetian blinds to face down so heat is reflected back into the room rather than at the ceiling
- After using the oven, leave the door (open once it’s switched off ) to help warms up the kitchen. n.b. don’t do this if you have young children.
- If you have a log burner or open fire, leave internal doors open so it heats throughout the house.
- Keeps cosy throws on the end of your bed and within reach in living rooms to use rather than turning up the radiators.
- Warm drinks help heat from within when you’re feeling particularly chilled. A Horlicks at bedtime will not only warm you up for bed, but research has shown that warm milk will help send you off to the land of nod.
- Eat something hot, using the same principle as above, a warm bowl of soup will help warm you from the inside and provide extra fuel for your body.
- Cuddle a hot water bottle or place it in your bed 20 minutes before you turn in for the night. Make sure it has a cover to avoid burns and don’t give them to children. Microwaveable teddys or heat packs are much safer.
- Move around, gentle exercise will help warmer the cockles after a long period of sitting down.
- Invite some friends round, maybe even offer them a hot drink and something to eat, then you can all hokey cokey and get moving together. The extra body heat will work wonders!
I was gifted a winter warmer kit to inspire me to write this post