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How to Keep Warm in Winter Without Burning Cash

how to keep warm in winterSpring is on the way but, looking out through the rain and sleet-spattered windows, you’d be forgiven for thinking we are going to be stuck in winter until the end of time.

Yes, it’s brass monkeys outside and heating a household and staying warm can feel the same as setting fire to a big pile of cash.

To make matters worse, apparently women spend more on staying cosy than men.

A survey of 2,000 cohabiting Brits by Duette Blinds found that women shell out around £425 more than men on heating bills during winter. Why?

Because women like to keep the thermostat above 23C whereas men like to turn it down to a below-room temperature 19C or even lower.

Anyone who has ever had a husband, father, boyfriend or male flatmate will know this one fact – when you turn the thermostat up, it’s only a matter of time before a man turns it the other way.

But maybe men have the right idea.

If your gas and electricity bills have skyrocketed during the recent cold snap, it might be time for you to turn that dial anti-clockwise.

So step away from the thermostat and follow our tips for keeping toasty warm for less.

Remember, you don’t have to turn blue to stay in the black.

How to Keep Warm in Winter Cold – 7 Low-cost Ways

1. Switch is Best

First things first, have a look at your current electricity and gas bills. A very quick way to cut heating costs is to simply switch supplier.

Check out comparison sites like uSwitch of MoneySupermarket to find a cheaper deal.

The Department of Energy & Climate Change found households can save around £200-a-year simply by switching.

For a double-whammy of savings, turning down your thermostat by just 3C-4C can save 10% on energy bills.

2. Draft Proof Your Home

Once you have turned the heating down – off if you’re Bear Grylls-brave – it’s time to get started on your house or flat.

If you live in an old house, icy cold drafts can get in through loose doors and windows and all this cold air means pricey warm air literally going out the window.

Invest in some draft excluders to put under doors so each room stays warm once it’s heated.

You can also buy special weather-stripping and foam to draft proof your windows from DIY shops such as B&Q or Homebase.

Investing in thick curtains and blinds will also help keep the chill out.

3. Layer Up

Are you one of those people who turn the heating up while wearing a T-shirt? If that’s a yes, you need to start wearing more clothes.

Thin layers are best as they trap body heat between them. It may not be the sexiest of garments, but a thermal vest can also help you to stay toasty without jacking the heating up.

Your local Marks and Spencer will have a fetching range of thermal underwear for a fraction of the cost of your heating bill….

4. Get Hot in the Bedroom

No, we’re not thinking what you’re thinking (although that can also warm you up a treat!). Many of us keep the heating on overnight during winter as the body naturally cools down when we are asleep.

We’ve all been there, waking up in the middle of the night freezing our tootsies off (especially if the duvet is being hogged).

So as well as having a thick duvet, invest in an electric blanket. You can keep it on low all night and it will keep your bed cosy without you having to heat the whole house. Cost? Around £20 to £30 but it will last for years.

5. Keep Moving

One of the best ways to stay warm is to keep moving. So get off the sofa and dust of that fitness DVD or exercise bike you’re now using as a clothes hanger.

It will help you to keep warm AND keep fit. What’s not to like? Moving around the house doing chores can also help you to warm up, particularly hoovering!

6. If you can’t stand the cold – get IN the kitchen

The kitchen is the most-used room in the house for many of us and your oven can double up as a radiator while you’re using it.

So shut the kitchen door and slam in a nice joint of meat for a few hours.

You’ll find that the oven heats your kitchen as well as your dinner so you don’t need the heating on. Plus, you’ll have a delicious roast dinner at the end of it.

7. Heat One Room

If you work at home it can be tempting to heat your whole house throughout the day to keep warm.

Let’s face it, it’s no fun sitting at your laptop trying to type with frozen fingers.

If you tend to work in the kitchen or bedroom, switch off your heating and invest in a small plug in radiator that will heat just that one room.

Oil-filled and halogen heaters are most cost effective by turning almost all the electricity needed to power them into heat.

You just need to run the gauntlet of the rest of your house for a cuppa but your work room will stay cosy while you save money.

Remember, warmer weather is just around the corner. So if all else fails, lie back, wrap yourself in your fleeciest onesie (the one you never admit to owning but can’t bear to chuck out) and dream about a sun-soaked beach.

Over to You

How do you keep warm without resorting to 24/7 heating? Share your tips with us we’d love to hear from you.

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2 Comments

  1. I live in Japan, and my heating bill definitely went up this winter!

    Unfortunately, I can`t take advantage of heat from an oven…Japanese apartments don`t have ovens! (I do have a toaster oven, but that doesn`t generate quite the same amount of heat).

    To help, I have my a/c heater unit on a timer. I turn it off when I leave for work in the morning, but have the timer set so that it will automatically go back on about 9 or 10 hours later. That means that just when it`s starting to get chilly for night time, the heater goes on.

    Another thing I do when I start getting really cold is to eat ice cream. Or drink cold drinks. I read a long time ago that the best way to stay cool in summer is actually not to drink cold drinks, but warm. So flipping that around, I figured that cold drinks in the winter should help. (Though I do admit to sometimes sitting there with ice cream and hot chocolate 😛 )

    1. Hi Skylance, thank you for taking the time to share your comments and insight with us. Setting your heating so it automatically comes on is also a great way to save money on energy bills.

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