Tips on Staying Warm this Winter2013 May 21 | Written by: Zye Angiwan |
The cold bite of winter is just around the corner, meaning it’s time for the heaters to start running again and for jumpers and thick scarves to start making an appearance. With the cost of electricity the way it is now, however, and the continuing effects of global warming, it would do us all a world of good to start saving on energy consumption. We’ve put together a few practical tips on staying warm this winter so that you can cut down on your electric bills while still remaining toasty throughout the upcoming winter season.
- Bundle up in layers – practical advise, yet a lot of people seem to overlook it. Instead of using thick winter jumpers, pile on many thin layers of clothes. These trap body heat more and will keep you warmer, better.
- Eat and drink well – hot tea, coffee or alcohol to warm up may seem like the greatest of ideas in winter weather. In actuality, the caffeine in these drinks increases blood flow, which makes you feel warmer, but your body loses heat. Decaffeinated hot drinks, regular, hearty meals like soups, porridges and stews are excellent ways to ward off the cold.
- Snuggle in bed – instead of turning on the heater full-blast, burrow under bedding like warm blankets and quilts. Put an extra blanket on the bed instead of using an electric blanket to keep warm, and if you have one, take a trusty hot water bottle with you (although you should never use a hot water bottle and an electric blanket at the same time). Wear bed socks to keep your feet cosy while sleeping.
- Stay active – while cold winter days make you want to just cuddle up on the couch, exercising boosts blood flow which, in effect, warms you up. Also, studies have shown that socialising in cold weather raises your mood and makes you feel warmer.
- Soak up the sun – open your curtains, windows and doors during the day and let the natural warmth of sunshine in. Especially useful for brick houses, the rooms soak up the warmth and release it at night. Draw heavy curtains over windows at night for better heat retention.
- Avoid heating rooms you aren’t using – it’s a waste of electricity and heating up the whole house will really run your electric bill up. Shut doors to rooms that are empty and use draught stoppers to plug gaps and crevices. You can also choose to stay in the smallest room of your house to cut down on heating expenses.
- Warm up with rugs – tiled and hardwood floors may be great for the summer, but they don’t help in cold weather. Lay down thick rugs in uncarpeted rooms to warm your feet so that the rest of your body follows suit.
- Insulate and double-glaze – while these may not sound like cost-efficient ideas, they are investments that will save you on energy costs in the long run. Double-glazed or double-paned windows can save up to 80% of energy. Insulation, on the other hand, works both ways: it keeps a house warmer for longer in the winter, then cool in the summer.
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