Our parents’ generation didn’t get Government handouts to keep warm; they had to rely on their own preparations.
Now that fuel bills are rising, why not try some traditional ways of keeping warm?
Open curtains wide if the sun’s shining, and close them in the evenings.
Keep furniture away from radiators so that the heat can circulate.
You can buy kits of clear plastic film with sticky tape to cover your windows and keep out any draughts.
Bubble wrap works well too. Spray the glass and the bubble wrap will stay on.
Close the doors to keep the heat in each room.
Or lay a towel or blanket at the bottom of draughty doors.
Light a fire if you have a fireplace.
Go out for walks, armed with dustbin liners, and pick up twigs and branches to burn.
Don’t damage trees though!
Make fire bricks out of paper, cardboard, etc. It’s all free.
Look at this;
You can buy paper brick makers from Screwfix, amazon, and many other places.
You don’t need to shred the paper or wet it for so long. You just scrunch it up and dunk it, then squeeze it in the fire brick maker.
It’s said that one log can keep you warm all day – if you run up and down stairs and from room to room, carrying it!
To protect your own heat loss, wear slippers and hats indoors.
Obviously, wear plenty of warm clothes. Layer them. Man-made fibres are better than nylon, etc.
There’s nothing wrong with a thick pair of tights, even if you’re a man!
Keep active, especially if you feel cold. Now is the time to clear out cupboards, and maybe to change the furniture around.
Ironing is very warming.
If you have a bath, leave the bathroom door open and don’t empty the tub until the water has gone cold.
Make soups. Simmer them slowly on the cooker to add heat to the kitchen.
If you look at traditional British recipes, they were often created to keep you warm.
Pies and puddings digest slowly and warm up your insides.
Why not have a bonfire or a barbecue outside? You’ll save electricity indoors.
Obviously, wrap up warm. And you can sit with a blanket over your knees.
You can cook jacket potatoes and eat soup. And you can run around and play games.
Invite the neighbours and they can save energy too!
To my mind, one of the world’s greatest inventions is the hot water bottle.
It’s a good idea to have more than one.
Place a hot water bottle in your bed about half an hour before you retire.
I sit with a hot water bottle on my knee or behind my back in the evening, and I have one on my lap in the car on cold days.
You can now buy a long hot-water bottle which you can wrap round you from a lot of stores, or online. They cost from £9-14.
Have a throw or a duvet over your knees in the evening.
Share it with the family, combining body heat.
Don’t drink alcohol, unless you make a mulled wine.
Drink hot drinks like hot chocolate or cocoa.
If you take these precautions, you’ll save money and you’ll enjoy your cosy evenings!