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Some Tips On How To Keep Warm This Winter The Cheap Way

Updated on April 16, 2014

Stay Warm

With the UK temperatures plummeting to a record breaking minus seventeen degrees, ice and snow are going to be causing alot of problems through out the winter months. Having not experienced these kind of temperatures and severe weather conditions for many years, people are in for a shock as the cold creeps in. Cold can cause illness and effect your health, and even kill in severe cases, with the elderly and young at most risk. Also with the credit crunch in full swing it's not as easy as cranking up the thermostat to keep yourself warm as electric and gas rates are sky high. So with all this in mind I have tried to come up with a few different tips on how to stay warm throughout the cold winter months, and hopefully save yourself a bit of cash in the process.

  • Wear lots of layers. Simple and effective, and lots of layers keeps you warmer than one thick layer, as your body heat will get trapped in the air pockets between the materials. Try wearing wool, cotton or fleece.
  • Eat soup and other warm meals, as well as hot beverages throughout the day. Even just holding a hot mug of tea, coffee or soup can help warm you up.
  • Leave the oven door open after you have used it to let the remaining heat out.
  • Switch the sheets on your bed to flannel sheets and a down comforter to help you stay warm through the night.
  • Open your curtains and blinds in the daytime to allow the heat from the sun to warm up the house. Close them again at dusk to keep the cold out. Also use thick curtains that are lined to help keep the heat in and the cold out.
  • For cold draughty windows you could use cheap transparent plastic shower curtains over them so that it stops any draughts coming in but doesn't block out the sun's warmth.
  • If you're feeling the cold then get active. Any activities such as a vigorous cleaning session, a good dance, or a bit of exercise will get the blood pumping and help to warm you up.
  • The humidity that is created after running a bath or shower will help the house stay warm, so after use switch off the bathroom fans to help keep that heat. Or you could purchase a humidifier.
  • Alot of body heat is lost through our head, so wear a hat to stop that heat from escaping.
  • If you have a tumble dryer then try putting your clothes on after they have just come out of the dryer, it will certainly help warm you up.
  • Using warm colours can trick your mind and create a warm atmosphere. Colours such as reds and oranges can be effective, try using a throw, blankets or cushions.
  • Keep the flue of your fireplace closed when you're not using it to stop any heat loss.
  • Homemade draught excluders can be made and used to stop any draughts coming through underneath doors. Try rolling towels, or an old blanket ripped into strips, and roll it into a sausage. Place against the bottom of the door to prevent any more draughts.
  • If you have bare floors then using rugs will help to insulate them. Also if you place a black or dark rug in a sunny area of your home, then it will absorb the heat from the sun, giving you a solar powered rug which will help to keep your home warm!
  • Placing a hot water bottle in your bed half an hour before bedtime will keep your bed nice and toasty for when you get in it! It will also help you to stay warm through out the night. If you don't have a hot water bottle then you could use a bag of dried beans or rice warmed up in the microwave.
  • Put a hot water bottle between your thighs, as this is where the femoral artery is which means that all the blood passing through it will warm up and be pumped around your body, and will therefore keep you warm all night long.
  • Taking a hot bath or shower will raise your body temperature and warm you up.
  • Candles are a valuable heat source that can be used to keep you warm, but be careful while using them.
  • Furniture obstructing heat vents and radiators will prevent any warmth from reaching you, so make sure that they are not being covered by anything.
  • Try snuggling with your partner, friend, family member or pet, as it will create body heat and keep you all warm.
  • Maintaining the functioning of your thyroid and metabolism by eating enough fat in your diet will help keep you warmer.
  • If you're experiencing difficulty breathing in bed due to the air being too cold, try making a makeshift tent with a blanket. Your own breath will create alot of heat and make it easier to breath.
  • If your living room is huge and your bedroom, or another room of the house is smaller, maybe you could consider mainly using that room throughout the winter months, as it will be easier to heat due to the size.

I hope you find some of these tips useful, and are able to keep warm through what is set to be a freezing winter, without breaking the bank.


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      GJ56 5 years ago

      Hi, thanks for your comment, Im glad you found the hub useful : ) It is disgusting, I completely agree. People shouldnt have to worry about keeping warm in this day and age, the prices could easily be brought down and they would still make a fortune. But thats greed for you!

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      Anne 5 years ago from Spain

      Hi GJ. Just checked this out as it´s above one of mine. It´s very worrying how we are going to keep warm in winter, specially on a low income, but you have given some great tips on how to beat the freeze and save on bills too. Isn´t it disgusting when people worry about basic things like keeping warm, and the fat cat´s of industry have the nerve to falsely hike up prices when they are making an absolute fortune anyway

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      GJ56 6 years ago

      Hi, i know, tell me about it! And yes, the elderly are a great concern in weather like this, especially as gas and electric rates are so high, people just can't afford it anymore. Shame. Thankyou for you comment : )

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      ianb56 6 years ago

      very good hub, has been freezing in the uk for ages.worry about the old people in weather like this

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      GJ56 7 years ago

      Hi, thankyou for your comments and no problem, glad you found it useful! It definitely is freezing outside, never known it so cold! And it's going to get worse according to the forecast : /

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      Christina Lornemark 7 years ago from Sweden

      Very good tip in this hub! It looks like we need them in Europe this winter, its freezing outside, we have the pellet boiler and the fireplace going! Thanks for sharing!