Last updated on August 16th, 2023 at 04:24 pm
With rising energy costs, we are all looking for ways to stay warm at home without reaching for the thermostat. Get set for a snuggly winter with these top tips to stay cosy as the weather starts to cool down.
If there’s one thing to look forward to as the clocks go back and days get shorter… It’s getting stuck into cosy nights at home. Though with the rise in energy costs, you may find yourself wondering how to stay warm at home without the heating bill going through the roof (pardon the pun). The snuggly news is, there are plenty of ways to turn up the heat without touching the heating- even if you have a cold house! Pop on the kettle and enjoy a scroll of these wonderful winter warmers to keep cosy all season.
1. Sip yourself snug
What is it about winter that brings on cravings for pumpkin spiced lattes, hot chocolate and endless mugs of tea? That’s your body’s natural way of trying to stay warm as your temperature drops. Sipping your favourite hot drinks at home is a delicious and cosy way to keep snug. And it turns out a little warmth goes a long way, hot drinks in the evening can help you relax, easing you into a deeper sleep and according to one study even warming up your personality! Cheers to keeping those mugs flowing.
2. Get bedtime winter ready
It’s time to pack away the thin blankets and summer throws and get bedtime super cosy. First up – a snuggly, fluffy duvet. Panda’s bamboo cloud duvet will keep you warm all winter, being naturally thermoregulating and breathable – it’s perfect for every season. Having a warm duvet and comfortable bedding will make early nights bliss and keep you warm on cold mornings. A temperature of 18 degrees is the healthiest for sleep, so wrapping up instead of turning up the heating will even give you a better shut-eye. That’s a winter win-win!
3. Love your layers
You have full permission to create a beautiful, cosy winter wardrobe. This need not be expensive- get out those warm, baggy jumpers, tights, gloves and knits! Dressing for winter is a great defence against the cold. And yes, it is perfectly acceptable to be in your snuggliest PJs by 4 pm. Part of the joy of the season is slowing down and retreating at home. Keeping on an extra jumper or even popping on your dressing gown and warm socks can help you stay snug on the sofa and keep energy costs down while enjoying the best of Netflix!
4. Warming work-outs
While it’s tempting to move less during the winter months, staying active could help keep you toasty. Exercise boosts your blood flow which can keep you warm long after your workout. Whether it’s an early morning stroll or yoga class at home, trying to move as much as you can throughout the day can prevent you from feeling cold. It can also give your immune system a healthy boost, although don’t overdo it. And make sure you fill up on some of winter’s delicious comfort food post-workout. Hearty soups, roasted pumpkin, and is it ever too early for a mince pie? Nope. You’ve earned it.
5. Cuddle up with a hot water bottle
While it’s tempting to move less during the winter months, staying active could help keep you toasty. Exercise boosts your blood flow which can keep you warm long after your workout. Whether it’s an early morning stroll or yoga class at home, trying to move as much as you can throughout the day can prevent you from feeling cold. It can also give your immune system a healthy boost, although don’t overdo it. And make sure you fill up on some of winter’s delicious comfort food post-work-out. Hearty soups, roasted pumpkin and is it ever too early for a mince pie? Nope. You’ve earned it.
An oldie, though a goodie! Keeping a hot water bottle with you on the sofa will keep your evenings nice and warm. And popping one on your bed for half an hour before you hit the hay will set you up for a cosy night. They are a great way to stay snug without reaching for the thermostat on colder nights (and will certainly help keep down the heating bill) If you are feeling achy from the colder weather they are also great muscle relaxers, helping to stimulate blood flow and circulation. Team with some snuggly socks and enjoy the warmth and comfort of this classic winter warmer.
Spending more time at home is part of what makes this season so special. The ongoing energy crisis need not mean you have to put up with being cold. These simple tips will help you to stay warm, keep the bills down and embrace the joy of a cosy winter.