Wow, is it cold or what!? I’m not sure if you are aware, but my boyfriend and I are currently residing in an old, Victorian building that has been converted into flats. It’s freezing, but we’re trying to keep things as cheap as possible. Not to mention, we want to keep our carbon footprint to an absolute minimum where we can. This is why we manage to keep our heating on for no longer than an hour a day. How? We have our very own list of hacks to stay warm and save money on energy.
Stay Warm and Save Money on Energy
I recently spoke about this to a fellow blogger (if you haven’t checked out Keeley’s blog, do it now) who works from home. Though we understand that the British weather isn’t often so kind, neither of us see why our boilers should keep on burning throughout the day. I have a set routine to keep myself warm without paying a fortune for it.
First thing’s first: Layer Up
Does it seem self-explanatory? I used to live with someone who refused to pay their share of the bills, would not wear layers when it was cold and LOVED to keep the heating on 24/7. Here’s a wild secret: heating should be a last resort. If you’re not wearing layers, then you’re not really cold. A dressing gown, a jumper, fluffy socks and slippers; all of these can keep you toasty and warm.
I even layer up my bed as well. Having two duvets and a blanket is enough to keep you warm throughout the night. You can even open the window a crack to keep the room well ventilated! What’s more, an extra duvet adds more weight, which helps you fall asleep faster. It’s certainly cheaper than purchasing a weighted duvet anyway.
Hot Water Bottles are your Best Friend
I have two hot water bottles. I use them both, and I use them wisely. Yes, they are used to keep your body warm, but they can also be used to warm things up in advance. Before I have a shower, I make sure they are already in my bed, warming it up until it’s time to hit the hay. If I’m out for a short while in the evening, I’ll do the same thing. Believe it or not, hot water bottles can stay warm for up to 4 hours. Keeping the bed warm for long is easy to achieve, as long as you keep it trapped in.
I cannot talk to you about staying warm if I don’t mention hot drinks. A cup of tea tends to keep me warm for at least an hour. I will probably drink around 2-3 hot drinks a day during the colder season, whether it be tea, coffee, or even hot water! Keep yourself warm from within and it’ll be much easier to stay warm on the outside for longer.
Timing is Everything
Though I still have the heating on, I only do so for particular times during the day. 15 minutes before my alarm, the heating will be on for 15-30 minutes, depending on whether my boyfriend is on an early shift. Once it turns off, there should be enough warmth in the flat to get ready.
I don’t have it on for when I get home because I am usually quite warm from my power walk home. However, once I am settled in for the evening, I may find myself cold again. Half an hour is the most I will need the radiators on as I can warm up a dressing gown and wrap up!
The Necessity to Stay Warm and Save Money on Energy
On average, we pay around £55 a month on our gas and electric. It doesn’t sound like a lot when you split it in half, but it’s just one portion of everything we have to pay for each month. Keeping the bills down does not have to be difficult because it’s cold. It’s just about finding alternative ways to keep yourself warm.
Not to mention, if I’m not warm, I’m not motivated. Am I going to do any exercise if I’m cold? It’s unlikely. I often make sure I’m wrapped up before I start my warmups or I need to leave the house. If I don’t I’m likely to stay on the sofa and not move for the rest of the day.
I hope this guide helps you to stay warm, save energy and keep the bills low this winter. If you have any tips, let me know in the comments!