Winter is Coming: How to Keep Yourself (And Your Home) Warm Without Breaking the Bank
With the weather outside beginning to look more than a little frightful, you can almost hear the country’s heating bills collectively building up. But if you’re bracing for an expensive winter thanks to the ever-increasing cost of energy, you might be glad to hear that there are a few ways you could warm yourself up without shelling out unnecessarily. Intrigued? Then read on for our best roasty-toasty winter-warming tips for 2016.
Tip #1: Optimise your home for warmth
You might be surprised at how much warm air escapes your home, even if you're sure you've got all air escape routes locked down. Simple tweaks can be enough to keep the warm air in; ideas like adding extra insulation to your loft lining, keeping your curtains closed, and even shutting connecting doors in your home can all contribute to keeping warm air where it can benefit you most. In addition, something as simple as a draft excluder at the front door can prevent pesky drafts from stealing all that cosy warm air you've worked so hard to retain!
Tip #2: Dress for the occasion
It may go without saying, but one of the main causes of being chilly at home is not choosing appropriate clothing for the conditions. For example, even if you’re wearing a sweater, hat, and warm trousers, if you don't wear a pair of socks with that outfit, you'll still feel the cold during winter. It's a great idea to keep your extremities – like your hands and feet – covered up, even if you're just sitting watching TV. Putting on a jumper (or even wrapping yourself in a blanket) is cheaper than running an electric bar heater, after all!
Tip #3: Indulge in a relaxing whirlpool bath
Of course, this list wouldn't be complete without a recommendation for the foremost way to warm up fast at home: the whirlpool bath. Now, we may be biased (for obvious reasons), but there’s no denying the fact that a long, relaxing whirlpool bath is one of the very best ways to warm yourself up to the very core. In fact, a long soak in the tub is also known to improve your circulation and reduce stress – on top of preventing you from reaching for the thermostat too often.
Tip #4: Keep your body fueled the right way
If health pundits are to be believed, you are what you eat; and if that is the case, it makes perfect sense that eating something warm when you’re cold will help heat you up. Keeping your body fuelled during the winter months is a great way to stave off over-use of the central heating, and foods like hearty soups are perfect for providing that instant hit of warmth you need. In addition, ensuring you take in enough carbohydrates during winter means that your body will have plenty of energy to keep your core temperature stable and (hopefully) avoid you catching a chill.
We hope you’ve picked up one or two tips to help save you some money on your energy bill this winter. And why not put some of those savings towards a brand new premium whirlpool bath? That’s guaranteed to keep you warm! Have a question? Call the team today on 0800 028 6174.