5 Ways To Keep Warm In Your House Without Heating

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.

Warm Feet

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.

Get Moving

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.




  1. Sarah @tortoise_happy
    October 12th 2016 / 9:38 PM

    We use hot water bottles or microwavable wheat bags, and when the oven has been on we’ll leave the door open to warm the kitchen (we don’t have any small people who could get burnt). If my feet get super cold, sometimes the only answer is to have a nice hot bath 🙂 We could afford for our fuel bills to be a little higher, but we’d rather have money available for other things- that’s our reason for not just sticking the heating on whenever we feel like it.

    • October 17th 2016 / 8:19 AM

      Those are all great ideas, I love having a nice hot bath when it’s chilly but don’t like getting out afterwards it feels so cold.

  2. Lucy
    February 25th 2018 / 8:49 PM

    I can’t believe I wasted my time reading this! There’s nothing original about these tips! Just common sense!

    • February 27th 2018 / 6:57 PM

      Hi Lucy, all I can say is you wasted even more of your time typing your comment!

      • October 13th 2018 / 9:00 PM

        Hahaha, genius comeback, Angela! <3

        I must say I enjoyed the tips… sure, they are common sense, but the article is a great reminder 🙂

        Best wishes from the Netherlands

    • Rebecca
      August 27th 2018 / 4:17 AM

      I’m from south Floridawhere we had about 2 really cold days a year. We would just keep the gas stove on and bundle up if we went outside. I thankful for these ideas now that I have moved to where there is four seasons.

      • August 27th 2018 / 7:39 PM

        Thanks for your comment Rebecca, I can imagine what a surprise having four seasons after just living in sunny Florida was. It’s all about doing the little things to make those savings isn’t it.

  3. Sussie smith
    August 26th 2018 / 5:23 PM

    I don’t know where you people live but, in my area if you don’t turn your heat on your pipes freeze and, you die.

    • August 26th 2018 / 6:30 PM

      Hi Sussie, Thanks for your comment, I obviously wouldn’t suggest these methods if you live somewhere extremely cold. I live in the UK where I suppose we have relatively mild Winters. You have a nice day now.

  4. Tara
    August 27th 2018 / 2:17 AM

    These are great tips for those moving into their first place! I live in Florida where it does get down in temperature but very rarely to the point our pipes burst… and your supposed to keep them dripping the thermostat has nothing to do with that. And common sense isn’t so common so great posglt!

    • August 27th 2018 / 7:41 PM

      Thanks for your lovely comment Tara, it really is about doing the little things sometimes they get overlooked when trying to make savings.

  5. Christine Williams
    August 27th 2018 / 5:50 PM

    Thanks for the ideas. We already do these things and someone said they were just common sense but there are lots of people that either don’t have common sense or just overlook the simple things. And to if you have never had to be frugal before then you may not know these things. I have 5 kids and we incorporate these ideas. Our Climate is iffy. It could be 5 degrees one day and 60 the next. We have been having crazy weather the last few yrs, all yr long. If its to cold for the kids outside then we have fuzzy sleep pants we run around in and fuzzy housecoats. Even though we heat primarily with wood I don’t want to waste the wood. Just my thoughts.

    • August 27th 2018 / 7:37 PM

      Thanks for your comment Christine, sometimes it’s about going back to basics isn’t it. I like to check I’m doing all the little things before I look at other ways to make savings. It sounds like you are doing a great job with saving on fuel.

  6. Yvonne
    September 30th 2018 / 6:07 AM

    My cold-weather hint is to make “Spaghetti Water.” I put a large pot of water on the stove, then bring it to a slow simmer. This puts humidity in the air, & it flows through to several rooms. One cannot actually boil the water–that puts mold on the
    ceiling. As for the bedroom, about an hour before going to bed, in very cold weather I will use a spray bottle of water. I can
    spray the drapes and my bedspread, & I feel warmer due to the moisture in the air. This also helps to eliminate static shocks
    from carpets, if you spray water on them also. I do put some vinegar into the water on the stove, so that I do not have a lime
    buildup around the edges. My home feels so much warmer, so I do not have to use too much heat from the furnace.

  7. Yvonne
    September 30th 2018 / 6:16 AM

    After my pipes froze, despite keeping a trickle of water running, a plumber told me that I should have kept BOTH HOT AND COLD WATER running. His suggestion to thaw them: open doors under sink, put a hair dryer onto a kitchen chair (not too close to pipes), & very slowly heat the frozen pipes–it worked! And to put humidity into both kitchen & living room, I now put “Spaghetti Water” on the stove–I simmer a large pot of water, with a little vinegar in it, but I do not boil it–that only puts mold onto the ceiling. I use the stove timer to alert me in an hour or two, to check the water level. I also use a spray bottle of water for my bedroom drapes, bedspread, and carpet, an hour before retiring. This makes the room feel warmer, and cuts down on getting static shock from the carpet.



  8. Maria from louisiana
    November 14th 2018 / 2:06 AM

    Hey angela how about turning on the oven. To high then open the door. After you finish baking or what ever your doing with the oven. That left over heat can be used to heat up your kitchen too. Thats the one room everyone seems to gather most of the time.

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