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Ways to keep warm without warming the planet

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It is all too easy to switch on the heater as the cooler weather sets in, but it can prove a costly decision when the power or gas bill arrives in the letterbox. Pair that with the strain on the environment and it’s clear why some old-fashioned warming tips are worth implementing in your home this winter.

  1. Become a domestic god or goddess

Preheat the oven and get out the oven mitts – it’s time for some home cooking! The heat that is generated in a bustling kitchen from the oven and stovetop are instrumental in warming the place right up, as well as ensuring there is a homecooked meal at the end of it.

Cleaning is also a great way of increasing the heartrate. Bending, stretching, scrubbing and sweeping involve a great degree of physical exertion that will be sure to warm you up.

  1. Dress up for the season

There is something snuggly and warm about the thought of winter. Curling up with a blanket and a pet is one of life’s simplest pleasures, but there is also something to say for dressing properly. Wear an extra pair of socks or even thermals if necessary. Always wear slippers and ensure everyone in the home is adequately decked out for the frostier weather.

  1. Get the home ready

Your home can easily leach heat without you even noticing. Small cracks and gaps can quickly undo all of the good work you’ve done to keep warm (and can have the same effect in summer). Ensure the home is adequately insulated and able to be split into zones for when it does need to be heated. Insulating window coverings are also a great idea, as they use air pockets to keep the warmth in and the cold out. Investing in door snakes is also a great way to stop the chilly breeze.

  1. Get the occupants ready

In addition to getting the house prepped for the cooler days, it is also important to get its occupants in the right zone. Ensure that everyone knows the simple rules of the cold weather – keeping doors and windows shut, putting more blankets on beds, opening north-facing window coverings during the day to let the sunlight in etc. Ensure children understand the importance of developing good habits. And while they were unfashionable for a long time, hot water bottles and wheat packs can go a long way!

  1. Put the kettle on

A cup of tea or coffee warms you up from the inside out and is a great way of keeping toasty. The simple joy of holding a warm mug is also part of the experience, making it a cheap and cheerful way to fend off the cold.

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