Eight tips for keeping warm in winter

08 October 2014 ( 06 February 2018 )

Before you turn the thermostat up high for the winter, try out these eight ways to keep warm in the colder months without hammering the heating.

How to keep active

Going for a brisk walk is a great way to generate heat, keep warm and improve circulation. Plus, it's free – and who doesn't enjoy a crisp, bright winter's day if you're wrapped up well enough?

How to cut out draughts

OK, it's not a terribly glamorous option, but old towels are a great way to stop draughts under doors and around windows. They can also save on de-icer if you drape them over car windscreens. This will keep the worst of the frost off – and save time when you want to go out. 

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And have a look round your house for other places where draughts might come in, such as around catflaps and the edges of windows and windowsills. 

Adhesive draught excluders are a good cheap option for stopping draughts in these kinds of household nooks and crannies – and they're easy to cut to size and put in place.

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How to 're-use' heat from your kitchen

Open your oven when you’ve finished cooking to release the heat into the kitchen. You'll be surprised at how much residual heat this will emit and how effectively this can warm up adjacent rooms. 

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How to retain the heat in your house

Try to take fewer trips when you're bringing your shopping indoors from the car or from your doorstep, and though it's tempting to leave the door open, at least pull it to behind you each time you head back to the car.

If you have guests who insist on saying goodbye, and then lingering in the doorway for a final chat as the heat streams out past them, consider wrapping up yourself and walking them to their car - they're much less likely to linger if they start to feel the cold!  

The shorter the time you leave doors open to the outside elements, the less heat will escape - and you won't immediately have to turn the heating onto full blast to warm up the house.

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Use aluminium foil to keep in the heat

Grab a roll of aluminium foil from the kitchen cupboard and attach it to the wall behind radiators, shiny side up. 

This isn't as bizarre as it sounds. It will reflect heat back into the room and could in turn make some small savings on your heating bills. 

And if you can, make sure that radiators aren't blocked by big items of furniture such as chairs and sofas, which can make them less effective at warming a room in an economical fashion.

Another thing to watch out for is radiators under windows that are blocked by long curtains - this funnels the heat away from you and right out the window. Tuck the curtains over the windowsill to ensure nothing takes the radiator's warmth away from the room.  

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Wrap yourself up

Blankets are a great weapon against the winter chill. If your supply is looking a bit threadbare, pick up a bundle at your local pound store. 

They cost virtually nothing and there's nothing better than snuggling down under a thick layer of blankets - and there's nothing more welcoming than offering a guest a blanket to curl up in if you're having a chat on the sofa!

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Spice up your cooking to stay warm

Everyone knows the warming qualities of a hot cup of tea, but how about adding some extra spice to your cooking too? 

There's no scientific reasoning behind adding some chilli or pepper to keep out the chill, but those who do swear it warms them up.

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How to get a good night's sleep in winter

End the day with a hot bath before bed and snuggle up under plenty of blankets under or on top of your duvet for a long night's sleep.

Getting enough rest does wonders for your circulation as well as keeping you warm. It's not quite hibernation, but at least spring will be one day nearer when you wake up.



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