10 tips to stay warm this winter without turning the heating up

Stay toasty and regulate your body temperature with these 10 easy tips.

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by Yours |

It can be tough to stay warm during the winter, especially when you want to try and save money on your heating bill and not have it on twenty-four seven. Luckily, there are a few different methods that can help regulate your body temperature and keep you toasty.

Here’s 10 ways you can stay warm without cracking up the heat.

1. Wrap up warm

Layering up your clothing is a great way to keep out the cold. Wrap up in layers of clothing made from wool, cotton and fleece material, as these will keep you the warmest. You could even wear your everyday clothing on top of some thermals or dig out a hot-water bottle for extra warmth.

2. Keep your toes toasty

Our feet play a vital role in regulating our body temperature, so if they’re cold it’s most likely you will be too! Keep them comfortable and cosy by layering them in a pair of thick socks (thermal socks are great for keeping in the heat) and a good quality pair of slippers.

3. Drink and eat hot beverages and food

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Warm yourself up from the inside by eating hearty warm meals, such as soups and stews. Hot drinks like tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also great for doing this, plus cradling a hot cup between your hands will keep them nice and warm. Avoid drinking alcohol, because while it opens your blood vessels just below the skin, allowing more heat and blood to flow through them, it actually stops heat reaching your vital organs.

4. Leave the oven door open

Recycle the heat from your oven by keeping the door slightly ajar for 10–15 minutes after you’ve cooked your dinner, as it will allow the hot air to escape and add heat to the room. Never use your oven as a primary source of heat though, especially if it uses natural gas, as burning this for a long time can increase carbon monoxide levels in your home.

5. Don’t run the bathroom fan after showering

By switching off the extractor fan and leaving the bathroom door open, you can apply the same rule as with your oven to showering. Humid air is warm air, so leave the bathroom door wide open to allow the humidity to escape to other parts of your house.

6. Stay active

The more we move the more blood we get flowing around our body keeping us warm. Avoid sitting down for long periods of time and try to move around every hour if you can, even if it’s just for five minutes to do some hoovering.

7. Keep doors shut and close blinds

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Keep draughts out and heat in by closing your doors and covering your keyholes with a keyhole cover. If you have blinds or curtains, close them too, better still, you can even buy thermal linings for curtains. These steps will help your home be better insulated.

8. Stay upstairs

If you have multiple levels in your house then try spending more time upstairs. Hot air rises, so if you can, work or spend more time up there to benefit from the warmer air.

9. Make some hand and feet warmers

Makeshift hand warmers couldn’t be easier and will help you feel warmer overall. Simply fill a pair of old socks with uncooked rice and tie up the ends, then place them in the microwave for a minute or two and voila, you have your very own hand and bed warmers. If you don’t fancy making them, they’re relatively inexpensive to buy.

10. Use a humidifier

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Humid air can generally feel warmer (like when you get out of the shower), but having your heating on high during the colder months strips the humidity from the air, which can make the air in your home feel cooler. To counteract this, use a humidifier. Just make sure to opt for a humidifier that blows out warm air, as opposed to cold.

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