Winter has well and truly arrived, and along with it, the cold weather. At this time of the year, it’s perfectly normal for a lot of us to be counting our pennies and trying to save a little bit of money, with a new year upon us and the festive period just passed.
Heating bills can be a problem when it comes to being frugal in winter. However, there are things you can do to keep them under control. Take a look at these cost-effective ways to keep your family warm this winter.
If you use heating oil to keep your house warm and cosy, you know that costs can add up over time. However, by using a great value provider, you can get the best deals on heating oil. You can also order in advance to make further savings, get instant quotes, and have your oil delivered securely to your door.
‘Tis the season to get the layers out! We’re talking blankets on the sofa, double duvets on the bed, and cosy throws for extra warmth. Layering up is one of the most cost-effective ways to keep warm in the home without paying for the heating to be on 24/7.
Dress appropriately too; thick woolly socks and jumpers, cosy dressing gowns and long-sleeved tops are your friends here. The same goes for the kids; make sure they’re dressed appropriately throughout the season, with jumpers and thermals to ensure they don’t get too chilly.
Draught stoppers for your doors
A simple door draught stopper can make a huge difference to how warm your home is. They’re a cheap and easy way to retain heat in the home, especially if you have more old-fashioned doors. Double-sided draught stoppers that sandwich the door on both sides will give even better protection from the cold weather.
An easy way to give yourself a quick heat boost is to have a nice, warming drink. Tea, hot chocolate, coffee, or even hot water and lemon… whatever your preference, this simple thing can instantly make you feel toasty. It’s a great way to warm up your hands when you come in from the cold too.
Warming comfort foods
On the same note, the food you eat can also make you feel warmer. Hearty, comforting stews, soups and pasta dishes will give you plenty of energy. This in turn will help your body feel nourished and able to stay warm more effectively. Save the cold meals for warmer days!
Feeling nippy? One great way to combat the cold in your home is to get your body moving.
Even the most typical of house tasks will up your temperature, including cleaning and cooking – get the whole family involved! Not only will you have great results at the end, but you will all feel warmer into the bargain.
Other fun ways to exercise and warm up with the kids include fun dance classes, playing games that get your blood pumping (think hula hooping, skipping or even video games that require you to move around), and heading out for a family walk.
Getting active means your body warms itself up, so you won’t automatically reach for the central heating. This is a win-win, because as well as keeping you warm, it keeps costs down and burns the calories too!
What’s your top cost-effective way to keep the family warm in winter?