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Hi all I'd like to save on gas bills this winter and would like to know your ways to keep warm without turning on the central heating (since the dry heat/air makes my sinuses dry and generally feel like being cooked slowly).

jakemoss
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It's impossible to keep warm without heating during winter ,a little bit of heating you need from somewhere .I know the bills are crazy expensive ,you can use electric blanket it's really good and doesn't cost a lot to run .I hope that helps .

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Tasha042

Hot baths give off hot steam which should help warm the house and keep the air moist. We also bought a heated airer to dry our clothes which actually gives off a lot of heat. I also saw a tip to keep the oven door open after cooking to heat the house, but only do this if you don't have kids or pets! Also try to block any draughts with draught excluders and keep curtains and doors shut in rooms you're not using.

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hspexy

I have lots of good quality thermals, which I wear without fail once the weather starts to turn (I have actually been wearing thermals in bed at night to stay warm for at least the last month or so, as it seems to be getting bitterly cold once the sun goes down). Having someone to snuggle up next to always help - whether that be a person, or the dog, either way, that does the job ;-)

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jojowane67

get a onsie and a dog n let the hubbie get off the dogs bed n share it with u n the dog for a change 🤣

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PhilipMarc

Well, I take cold showers and have gotten used to the cold weather than just warm/hot so my body has normalized the temperature. Though, others tend to already have jackets as if we're in snowy mountains. 😆

People in the West have gotten too soft (and I'm a Westerner myself). Nothing wrong with that but then when you need to face cold weather you'll have to be fully clothed than just moderately.

Anyway, blankets. Blankets are a cheap solution if you will.

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InaShah

electric blanket! love it, cheap to run and allows you to stay warm! have one on the sofa as a throw! best investment

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nicolajaynehend

Thank you in inashah for sharing this great tip. Never thought to put a electric blanket on the sofa. Just ordered one. And it's only 1p per hour. That will help. Once again thank you for the great tip. 🤗🤗🤗🐧

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InaShah

nicolajaynehend nicolajaynehend I'm glad I can help. I highly recommend the Homefront brand, but i'm sure you can find lots of reviews available online to suit your taste!

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nicolajaynehend

InaShah thank you. Like I said never thought t o us electric blanket. Is this what you do. And it's a lot cheaper. The one I ordered is only 1p per hour. Which is cheap . And you still warm. I've a big double duvet over my sofa. 🐧🐧

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InaShah

nicolajaynehend yes, I keep an electric blanket cause I am usually always cold 🙂 My blanket has different settings so I can keep it at the level I want (1 - 9) I'm not sure the cost of each setting, but I guess they are pretty good value! Feels nice and toasty with my blanket! Hope you like your blanket!

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InaShah

nicolajaynehend Hows your blanket?

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nicolajaynehend

InaShah just fine thank you. Keeps us lovely and warm. Once again thank you for the very good tip. Much better then a hot water bottom. And I've also got a duvet has well. So now we are all lovely and warm. Because I am disabled I feel the cold. So this has really helped. I would never have though of useing a electric blanket on the sofa your tip has helped me out with the cold that I feel. 🐧🐧

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RegularComper90

Try a hot water bottle.

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calleighisabell

A warm dressing gown and fluffy socks on will save you having to put it on as much

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ACR

Have warm drinks, dress in layers, check for drafts. Britain should adopt the Japanese Kotatsu - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kotatsu which is warm and cosy

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Johnny

Hi Jake,

You could try a halogen heater if it's just you that needs some instant heat. The main advantage is that if there is one person in a room, e.g. sitting at a desk, or on the sofa, you can direct the heat towards that person rather like a desk lamp. That way you don't waste money heating the whole room. Halogen heaters cost less than £20.

The disadvantage is that they don't have a thermostat, and are very bright, but if you're just using it for an hour or two - very cosy!

HERE'S AN EXAMPLE:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Prolectrix-EH0197-Halogen-Heater-Settings/dp/B01N0NS9P2/ref=sr_1_2

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ShellyAnn

I've lived without heating now for 10 years. I find a hot water and a sleeping bag on the sofa works well. Layers, wear lots of layers. I couldn't afford a heating bill.

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MrsCraig

Wear layers or thermals, have a blanket on the sofa and one for in bed. Big fluffy dressing gowns, hot water bottles, seal up places where draughts can get in, electric blanket, leave the oven door open after cooking to let the heat circulate around the room. Keep the doors closed so heat doesn't escape, same with curtains. However, if you dry clothes inside then you will need a bit of heating otherwise you will get damp/mould. I would advise you have the heating on for an hour a day just to keep the moisture out of the air.

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Jamala

Lots of men who work outdoors in winter wear womens tights under trousers .. makes a real difference. Always keep head and feet warm. Gloves ... wear fingerless gloves or a jumper with warm tight cuffs for some reason if you keep your wrist pulse point warm your fingers stay warm. I cut the toes off some old socks and wear them over my wrists. Not very stylish but warm

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jakemoss

Do you mean long johns? They aren't tights but very warm indeed cheers! Really warm even in the snow.

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Jamala

jakemoss No I mean ladies tights .. one of the best kept builders secrets!

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Lynibis

You can't really unless you sit for ages wrapped up in a duvet on the couch! If you need to stay indoors it is hard to get anything done if you are freezing, though exercise would warm you up so could get a fitness dvd! As to dry air put a container of water on or near rads.

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lealea3000

I find making simple adjustments to the house helps to keep the heat in and cold out.

Get lined curtains if you can't get thermal ones. If you have a sowing machine then get an old pair of curtains (freebie sites and FB) and line your favourite curtains yourself.

Have a curtain by the front door to block out the cold or a simple draft excluder at the bottom. These are also easily made...even out of old jumper sleeves and a rolled up pillow!!

Keep doors closed when you are in a room. Body heat will warm the room and closing the door will slow down the heat escaping.

Fleece blankets/duvets etc on the sofa but also on top of your duvet in bed. Lots of layers keeps in the heat.

If you have cold feet in bed, but a hot water bottle (with cover on) at the bottom of the bed, this will warm the bed up and will stay warm for hours!!!

Slippers, good socks, oversized dressing gowns, heat packs, hot water bottles are all good ways to stay warm.

My landlord didn't fix the heating all of the previous winter and even during the snow (11 months in total) so I had to do a lot to stay warm, especially with a parrot and other animals! X

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Jamala

I can't believe your landlord didn't fix your heating. I hope you had a rent rebate and it is sorted now?

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davidstockport

Not having much hair - I find wearing some head covering helps. Apparently a lot of body heat is lost through the head. Even people with plenty of hair will find this works. I also just heat one room most of the time.

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SoniaRani

Some great tips on here! ❤

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