Keeping warm in winter.

  • Dress warmly. Wear layered warm clothing, both when indoors and outdoors. Hats, thermal underwear, thick socks, scarves and gloves all help to retain natural body heat. Wear thick socks and slippers at home.
  • Hot drinks and wholesome home-cooked meals, such as soups and stews, are winners to warm you up.
  • Keep the heat inside. Open curtains and blinds to let in natural sunlight during the day, and close them as soon as the shadows lengthen. If your roof is not insulated, make it a priority to spend money on insulation.
  • Keep the cold outside. Patch up drafts under doors with rolled  towels or something similar. Close windows late afternoon, and keep doors closed to keep drafts at bay.
  • Share natural body warmth. Snuggle up under a blanket instead of in front of a heater. And if you can snuggle up with someone else and use the other person's body heat to stay warm, even better.
  • Use old-fashioned warm-water bottles to heat up beds before bedtime, instead of relying on the very convenient electric blanket. If you have to use an electric  blanket, heat up the bed before bedtime, and switch it off when you get into bed. Remember to unplug  it at the wall socket if it is not temperature-controlled. Another winter winner is flannel sheets.
  • It is inevitable that you will use some form of heating. But be wise, and do not leave it switched on when you leave the room for a while. Do not heat unused rooms, and do not leave the heater on during the day when nobody is at home.




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