This time of year my Twitter and Facebook feeds are full of statuses about people either putting their heating on or debating whether or not they should. I started thinking about why a simple thing such as when or if to turn a thermostat on had become such a hot topic of discussion.
I think the biggest problem when deciding to switch it on are the feelings of guilt that come along with the decision. The last few years have seen huge rises in the cost of fuel and I think this has led to us all changing our ways when it comes to heating our homes. It makes me so sad that some people are forced to choose between buying food or heating their homes.
Of course there are environmental reasons for reducing your energy consumption too. For myself and many families like mine the colder months comes with a little bit of dread attached. Personally I try to stick to the rule that between March and November we don’t put the heating on. This of course depends, if we have a really cold snap then of course I will put it on.
I thought I would share with you five simple and practical frugal ideas that might help you keep that thermostat off for as long as possible. Here are 5 ways to keep warm in your house without heating.
As your extremities are the first thing to feel cold I always try to focus on these areas first. We have laminate flooring throughout the downstairs which gets really cold during the winter. We don’t have the funds for carpet at the moment so we decided to invest in two warm fluffy rugs. We shopped around for bargains, using discount retailers and comparing prices online to find the best deal. You could try Facebook market pages and thrift stores if you don’t mind buying second hand.
Investing in a good pair of slippers will help to keep your feet nice and toasty too. I find the hard bottomed ones with a faux sheepskin lining the cosiest. You could double them up with some fluffy bed socks for extra insulation too.
This is such an obvious one isn’t it, layering up with your clothing is such an easy thing to do. This works well for children too, a vest, t-shirt and a jumper will help keep them toasty warm. The same applies for us grown ups too. I have a few trusty jumpers and hoodies on hand. A dressing gown to wear over your clothing while in the house can help to keep you really warm too.
You could also keep lots of blankets or throws in each room. They are great for throwing over the sofa or as an extra layer of warmth on the beds. There’s Nothing like snuggling down to watch a movie in the afternoon when it’s cold outside with a warm blanket for company.
Keep It Hot
Another simple but obvious idea is keeping yourself topped up with warm drinks. Investing in a thermos mug is a great idea too. If you don’t like tea or coffee you could try hot chocolate, warm milk, Horlicks or Ovaltine instead.
You could swap your usual lunch for a nice bowl of piping hot soup, stews and casseroles are also really good at warming your insides up too. Check out my Comfort Food Recipes For Autumn post for more ideas.
I’m not just talking about donning your get fit kit and running round the block. Anything that gets your blood pumping. A vigorous session of housework or chasing the kids around will get you warm in no time. You could swap the gym for a workout at home, not only will it keep you fit it will also raise your temperature.
Blag Warmth For Free
Not technically about being warm in your own house and a bit of a cheeky suggestion, but you could always pop round to a friend or neighbours for a brew and steal some of their warmth for a while. You could even sneak your thermos of coffee in to the library and read the morning papers and enjoy their heating as a bonus.