Heavy snow has now been forecast to fall across the UK later today and through the night, causing its usual disruption to commuters and services. Temperatures in the UK have fallen to the lowest point so far this winter, with many people suffering from the cold in and outside of their homes.
While some of us might not wake up to a blanket of snow, it is still extremely cold- here’s our tips and tricks to keep warm in these sub-zero temperatures!
This may seem obvious but the more layers you have, the warmer you will be. There’s no shame in looking like the Michelin Man to keep you body temperature at a good level.
Use electric blankets and throws to keep the cold air at bay, wrap them around you when the temperature drops. Pets are walking radiators, if you’re a pet lover grab your cats, dogs, hamsters, rabbits and other furry friends and give them a hug— their body heat will help keep you toasty.
You may not know this, but you have been using a hot water bottle wrong your whole life. Most people hold a hot water bottle close to their chest or stomach but according to research, to feel the full effects of it you need to grip the bottle in between your thighs. This is because it heats the blood located in your major femoral arteries which then circulate around the body.
Stop The Heat Escaping
Stop the cold weather coming into your home by plugging the gaps under doors and older windows. Wrap a large cardboard sheet with regular tinfoil and sticking it behind the radiator will reflect the heat back into the room. If you don’t fancy get crafty, you can also buy them.
Stop the cold weather coming into your home by plugging the gaps under doors and older windows with draught. You can buy draught excluders, but you could also make them by filling a pair of tights with rolled up socks or old towels and clothes .
Try to close off the rooms in your house that you’re not using, the smaller the space the easier it is to get the room temperature to a comfortable degree.
When the sun is (rarely) out, make sure you open the curtains to let the light through. When its gone or set, draw them again so the heat can’t escape. You can even get thermal curtains!
Make the most of the heat
When you take a hot shower, leave the door open to allow the warm air travel through your house, making it nice and warm. A word of warning, don’t do this too often as you will make the walls damp and thus prone to mould! Perhaps avoid this one if you have a house share.
A better option is leaving the oven door open once you’ve finished cooking dinner, this air is dry so it won’t make your walls wet and is another way of heating up your home without spending more money on heating.
You can do the same with your oven, once you’ve finished making something, leave the door open to allow the generated heat to fill the kitchen.
Get Cheaper Heating Bills
The most efficient way to keep your home warm is to consistently keep it at the same temperature, which means leaving your heating on. This could obviously incur huge bills, which is not ideal.
If you do need the added warmth from your radiators and heaters then the best thing to do is ensure that you are getting the best energy deal. Use comparison sites like Compare The Market and consumer finance sites like Money Saving Expert’s Cheap Energy Club to help you find the best deal. You could save hundreds of pounds a year just by switching your utility provider!