Top tips for keeping warm without heating

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What are yours? I'm sure there are loads of things I haven't thought of. smile Mine are:

Layers of clothes (obvious, I know!)

Fleece lining on the curtains, helps with insulation (I got it really cheap on eBay)

Blankets under the bedsheets

Leave the oven door open after use

Blankets or duvets on the sofas

Wolfcub Sun 15-Sep-13 19:20:23

hot water bottles and slankets

Wolfcub Sun 15-Sep-13 19:20:46

and draft excluders

Cybercat Sun 15-Sep-13 19:22:53

I read the title and was going to post that I bought thermal linings for our curtains last year but you've included that - does work though.

I keep a blanket on the back of the sofa too.

Sofa throws over the duvet if it's cold as well as underblanket.

I have a draught excluder for the back door - just need to do something about the cat flap!

QueenBoudicea Sun 15-Sep-13 19:23:34

Exercise - a session of shred will keep the blood racing round your body for a good few hours!

ChoudeBruxelles Sun 15-Sep-13 19:24:33

Turn the heating off in rooms you don't use much and keep doors shut

Ifcatshadthumbs Sun 15-Sep-13 19:26:25

Keep curtains closed during the day, keep internal doors shut. A really good pair of slippers.

chocolatespiders Sun 15-Sep-13 19:27:36

Cosy slipper always make me feel warmer. and a long cardi

meditrina Sun 15-Sep-13 19:29:19

Not exactly helpful to many, but menopausal hot flushes help enormously.

For everyone else, it's hot water bottles/slankets/fleeces, and even these kigu onesies

gamerchick Sun 15-Sep-13 19:32:00

Bubble wrap covering the windows. The one with the big bubbles.. spray of water to roll it on and a little bit of tape at the edges.

Tin foil or rolls of soft metal behind the radiator to reflect heat into the room.

noisytoys Sun 15-Sep-13 19:34:37

Onesies and slankets. Layers of fleece smile

Bubble wrap's a great idea!

We have a fleece-lined curtain over the front door too, stops draughts coming in so much (poorly fitted with a flappy letterbox!).

DoItTooJulia Sun 15-Sep-13 19:35:47

Star jumps!

superbagpuss Sun 15-Sep-13 19:37:26

I fed DC porridge this morning, central heating from inside out

soup and hot drinks also work

gamerchick Sun 15-Sep-13 19:37:43

I have a curtain covering the front door as well. really helps to keep any droughts out.

I do agree with exercise if you're nippy. jogging on the spot for a few minutes.

wash dishes or do some ironing (both things I hate doing but they warm you up)

Lots of layers we have a duvet on the sofa I sometimes wear a scarf it has been known to wear a wolly hat and fingersless gloves we so used to not having heating on we stillhave windows open here

aPseudonymToFoolHim Sun 15-Sep-13 19:46:14

And dressing gowns over clothes.

RobotHamster Sun 15-Sep-13 19:46:16

If you run a hot bath leave the water in until it cools- it'll act like a huge radiator. No point all that heat energy going down the plug.

Duvets under sheets work really well.

Lined curtain up at doors.

Yes, hats and scarves feature here sometimes too! We have to have the windows open for at least an hour each day to stop the damp building up, it makes it so hard to keep any warmth in. sad

RandomMess Sun 15-Sep-13 19:49:10

Keep your cat in overnight so you can lock the cat flap shut and even shove a draft excluder over it.

The cats get used to it and act has hot water bottles grin

BornToFolk Sun 15-Sep-13 19:51:46

When it's really cold, I take a cup of herbal tea to bed with me. It warms me from the inside and helps me get properly cozy in bed!

I love my Primark fleece pjyamas, which I wear with a long vest underneath, tucked into the bottoms so you don't get that horrible cold gap around the middle.

I've got Celtic sheepskin bootie slippers which are awesome. Really warm in the winter without making my feet too hot and sweaty. They are starting to wear out though (had them for a few years) and I will have to replace them soon, which is not good as they are not cheap.

MothershipG Sun 15-Sep-13 19:55:02

Lapdog! My youngest dog thinks I'm his personal pre-heated dog bed, only trouble is when it's cold I'm very reluctant to get off my arse. wink

Mothership grin My youngest sleeps in our bed and is a very effective bedwarmer!

zipzap Sun 15-Sep-13 23:17:59

Keep your feet warm - lots of studies have shown that if you put people in rooms of identical temperature but with a draught across people's feet (even one that's warm or the same temp as the room) then those with a draught over their feet will think the room is several degrees colder than those without the draught, even though it's not.

So make sure you have decent stuff to keep your feet warm - warm woolly socks rather than thin cotton ones, slippers etc.

Also thin layers can help - m&s and uniqlo (?) and probably others do thermal tshirts and leggings that are thin and look like normal tshirts rather than the old fashioned damart stuff. But one or two layers of them under normal clothes really help you to feel much warmer. They should be in the shops around now if not already.

The dc have had a set of thermal pjs from m&s the lastcouple of years which if it is really cold they can use as thermal long johns and top under stuff - especially if going out sledging say, and they have found useful. And cosy!

specialsubject Mon 16-Sep-13 13:01:29

housework. Exercise outside wearing more clothes. Exercise inside.

Cybercat Mon 16-Sep-13 16:16:37

I agree with the woolly socks too. Nothing worse than freezing cold feet.

DublinDoll Mon 16-Sep-13 16:38:50

Lots of sex ;)

EeyoreIsh Mon 16-Sep-13 17:25:42

yy to warm socks. I transformed my last (draughty sash windows) cold flat by draught proofing front door and windows. I also put up a thick curtain in front of the front door (magic).

Thermal lined curtains that sit below windowsills and above radiators also make a noticeable difference.

Putting silver foil behind radiators made no noticeable difference.

Shutting internal doors helps too.

EeyoreIsh how did you draught-proof the doors and windows?

DublinDoll grin

EeyoreIsh Mon 16-Sep-13 18:30:44

For the front door I used self adhesive tape that was like a 'p', inside the frame. Then on the outside I used brush strip which I tacked into place. I also added a draught proof cover to the key hole and letter box.

I had the windows refurbished and they put brush strips in at the same time. You can also diy it with brush strips on the edge and along the top, but it'll be more obvious.

my heating bill was way less the second year, and I was much snugger.

PipkinsPal Mon 16-Sep-13 18:33:06

I find lighting a few candles warms a room up. It could be just the flickering flame that could be convincing me. But it also saves putting on the lights too.

EeyoreIsh Mon 16-Sep-13 18:36:26
ParsingFancy Mon 16-Sep-13 18:37:49

Problem with using the warm bath water as a radiator is it will make damp much worse, as the moist air from the warm, wet bathroom distributes itself round the house.

You then have to leave the windows open to get rid of the moist air...

Baths are annoyingly difficult to reuse the heat energy from, so probably the most efficient way is simply to share bath water if you can. (Let some out before topping up with hot.)

ParsingFancy Mon 16-Sep-13 18:40:03

Lots of different types of draught-stripping, for different size gaps, windows, letterboxes.

Google, or browse B&Q draughtproofing, etc.

ParsingFancy Mon 16-Sep-13 18:40:42

Aha, which Eeyore has already done!

RenterNomad Mon 16-Sep-13 18:44:18

Secondary glazing is brilliant, but does mean it's hard to ventilate.

Type of food matters: eating ginger and curry when wearing warm clothes can have the same sort of "boost" as having a bath before bed.

Feather duvets rather than polyester

justmuddlingalong Mon 16-Sep-13 18:52:04

When you're at home, leave the key in the inside lock. Saves wind whistling through the keyhole.

dotnet Tue 17-Sep-13 17:27:10

If you have cold hands, wear fingerless gloves. If you're sitting at the computer and feeling cold, fill up a hot water bottle and put your feet on it. Polystyrene is warm to put your feet on/in, as well.

I tore out an ad the other day for some sort of miracle socks which are supposed to be extra cosy. They cost around £12, which is expensive, but I might get a pair in the fond hope that they'll work!

You can buy battery heated socks, as well (try eBay). They look a bit mad, but if they do the trick...

booksandchoc Tue 17-Sep-13 17:38:39

Sorry if this is a stupid question, but how will you all dry your wet washing in the winter? After reading the tips here I'm going to try some of them to bring my heating bill down, but I tend to put my wet washing on the radiators in the winter.

dotnet Tue 17-Sep-13 17:50:38

Hi booksandchoc. My guess is that no-one is going to get through the winter without heating - are they? But I think, at the moment, a lot of people are hoping to put off turning on the radiators for as long as possible.
I use the bathroom radiator for drying damp washing as well. But at the moment, and, with luck, for about six weeks or more, stuff will still dry outside if it's sunny.

ParsingFancy Tue 17-Sep-13 18:02:38

If you dry washing by hanging it in the house, you must then get rid of the moist air out before it cools and dumps condensation everywhere.

That might mean opening windows or at least not stopping existing draughts, or it might mean running a dehumidifier (uses a fair bit of electricity).

You'll have to decide what works best for your house and habits.

cocolepew Tue 17-Sep-13 18:19:51

I have faux fur throws over the back of the sofa, they were cheap in B&M and Poundstrecher. They are great for lying under.

booksandchoc I'm lucky and have a washer/dryer. It doesn't impact on our electricity costs (we've got a pre-pay meter which makes it easy to keep track). We have problems with damp so drying clothes on radiators isn't an option.

Thatsinteresting Tue 17-Sep-13 19:00:49

We have an A+++ tumble dryer it cost about £250 but we can't dry on the radiators as the house gets really damp. The dryer collects the water so you can see how much you were releasing into your home, it's a lot. I was on friendly terms with the launderette so did my drying there at the beginning of last winter but it was costing £6 a week.

PestoSwimissimos Tue 17-Sep-13 19:08:21

Thermal vests
Hot drinks, mulled cider anyone? grin
Hot baths
Draw the curtains at dusk
Electric blankets or 'hotties'
Fleecy dressing gowns
Brushed cotton pajamas
Brushed cotten sheets
Cat on lap grin

RenterNomad Tue 17-Sep-13 19:59:45

Your pre-pay meter will be expensive, TheJoyfulPuddlejumper (google orepay meter and poverty premium) - any chance you could go to a post-billed meter? You could keep track with a power monitor.

Unfortunately our landlady and agency won't let us change the meter - it's specified in the contract. sad It works out at about £1 a day (less in summer of course) so I guess it could be worse.

specialsubject Tue 17-Sep-13 22:02:11

to whoever asked: if you have access to outside space, washing dries year round if it isn't raining.

chocolatespiders Tue 17-Sep-13 22:43:22

I always put my washing out even in winter I feel if it gets some air through it it dries much quicker when bought in. I have a tumble drier but only use to finish things off for 5-10 mins, never put things straight in from washing machine.

pussinwellyboots Sat 21-Sep-13 03:16:12

I hang washing at our bedroom window to dry with the window open. Works best for shirts that I can put on hangers on the curtain rail and dries s really quickly.

That’s a good idea puss.

trippleM Sat 21-Sep-13 09:50:32

If you are responsible for paying the bills you have the right to choose your supplier, regardless of what it may say in your contract. Citizens Advice has the info...

nannynick Sat 21-Sep-13 14:02:20

Silly question perhaps:

I have several duvets which are past their best. Would those be useful to line the loft? If so, how - do you just spread them out and then stack the boxes junk on top of them?

cartoad Sat 21-Sep-13 14:28:51

The other thing old duvets are good for are using as an underblanket under you in bed - under your bottom sheet, to stop you loosing heat into your mattress. It can make the bed feel much warmer because you do lose heat into your mattress - think how warm it is when you get up vs n you got in bed - that's heat that you've provided.

At uni one of my lecturers said that people make the mistake of thinking that central heating is all about warming people up. It's not - it's about controlling the rate of heat loss. We are all giving off heat and once you start to think of keeping yourself warm in these terms it's amazing how you start to think of other things you can do. It's only a subtle difference but an interesting way to think about things!

nannynick Sat 21-Sep-13 15:15:34

Found some old carpet whilst I was in the attic, so laid that out as well.

Already have an underblanket and padded mattress protector, could add a duvet as well I suppose, though have now laid them out in the loft, so will just leave them there for now.

Good point about heat loss, it's why we wear clothes, they trap air next to our body which our body warms up and thus helps us to lose less heat from our body.

RenterNomad Mon 14-Oct-13 19:30:20

MoneySavingExpert has just brought out some price-hike advice for those on a prepayment meter, here:

Bubbles1066 Sat 19-Oct-13 21:37:04

Feel around your doors and windows for drafts and stick Sellotape around the seals to stop any drafts. Stick tin foil over any single glazing and behind your radiators to reflect/keep in heat. Your house looks silly but you'll be warm! And yes keep your feet warm at all times.

OurMrsReynolds Mon 21-Oct-13 15:55:13

We have a pulley and a clothes horse, I tumble dry knickers/socks/towels but I only wash those items once a week so only use dryer once a week - we have alot of spare pants and socks btw grin

Close the curtains as soon as you can when you get in, I love it when it's dark at night because I just close them about 4pm grin

Keep internal doors closed also means you can't hear the kids arguing

Onesies/slippers/slankets/cat on lap; if I'm really feeling the cold I will get a hot water bottle too

OurMrsReynolds Mon 21-Oct-13 15:59:07

I have just left the oven open for the first time (can't believe I never thought of that before) cats are sprawled in front of it!

OurMrsReynolds Mon 21-Oct-13 16:08:15

We also have hot drinks, I have hot chocolate and the kids have hot diluting juice smile

Go to the library a lot, it's always nice and warm there, and smells all bookish and lovelysmile.
Make a den from blankets and cushions, it's nice and cosy, warms up quickly, and feels like an adventure.

MinimalistMommi Mon 21-Oct-13 17:18:36

What, in the library wink

I wouldgrin, but it's a hassle lugging the blankets all the way there, and the library staff get all unreasonable when the shelves are blocked by denshmm.
Better on balance to keep the dens at home.

MinimalistMommi Mon 21-Oct-13 19:38:45

LOL InMy you've made me giggle tonight thanks

StephenKatz Thu 24-Oct-13 19:38:56

Sounds awful but DH and I did this one year when things were really tight - go to bed when the kids do.

We still do it now grin We have a 3 and 1 year old so they go to bed at 7, then we do straight after. No need for the heating because the duvet keeps you warm and we have a TV in our bedroom so not going to sleep at abnormal times. I'm in bed right now!

VerySmallSqueak Thu 24-Oct-13 19:41:31

Definitely warm animals on laps.

Electric blanket,and wheaties heated in the microwave.

chanie44 Fri 25-Oct-13 14:19:47

Go out during the day and use somebody else's heating!!!

Seriously, I was on maternity leave last year and was dreading my heating bill, so I made sure we spent time out of the house most days.

MadeOfStarDust Fri 25-Oct-13 17:15:44

Go out lots was going to be my input too - we have the library and art gallery, the window shopping in the arcades and the pub or the "working men's club" with a telly in the evening.... if you are not in the heating doesn't need to go on... amazing how long one cuppa lasts in there too...

also open downstairs doors half an hour before bedtime - lets the heat go up.....

I make sure I don't stay sitting for too long in the evening by doing any cleaning/ tidying/ laundry in 10 minute bursts every half hour or so to warm me up before I get too cold.

Rachelx92 Tue 17-Dec-13 18:31:06

Onesies, dressing gowns, cosy socks (all really cheap in primark), jogging around the flat like a mad woman, playing just dance on the wii keeps me warm after for a good hour or so, leaving the oven door open after cooking

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