When it comes to heating I am a firm believer that if you are cold then you should just put the heating on. I have never been a person to try and cut back on heating costs, until this year at least.
I managed to negotiate lower energy prices this year, and lock into a tariff which saw my direct debit drop by almost half. Obviously I’ve been very happy with my savings but I decided that now I work at home full-time that I would look at small things I could do to cut back on heating costs.
Most of the small ways I have been cutting back on heating costs have just come about as part of my home routine. Here are some of my top simple tips:
Like a lot of people in England I like to start my day with a nice cup of tea. When I am just having a cup of tea I boil the lowest amount of water required, to cut back on the time spent boiling the kettle. Depending on my husband’s work schedule I sometimes make him a nice thermos of coffee up at the same time for his journey to work. Later in the evening I like to have a hot chocolate as a treat and often I get a hot water bottle ready for bed.
Hot Water Bottle
If I am under the weather when I boil the kettle for my hot drink I will fill it to the brim and make myself a nice hot water bottle too. If my muscles ache from exercise, or being unwell, then a hot water bottle is perfect to help ease my aching muscles and get me ready for the day ahead. If I am cold at night, which is rare as my husband acts as a hot water bottle, then I will take one to bed with me too.
Around an hour after waking up, usually once a nice cup of tea has left me feeling human, I will exercise. I have built this into my routine in the last 1-2 months, and lost 16 pounds in weight in the process. Most of my exercise takes place at home. It is cold outside and this way I am able to workout at any time of the day or night. Exercise helps to warm me up and also gets my muscles and joints juiced and ready for the day ahead.
During film evenings or if I am just feeling sorry for myself I will sit under either a duvet or slanket. A slanket is a blanket that has sleeves built in. This is ideal for working in too.
I always shower after I exercise, of course, but sometimes a nice shower at other times of the day can help to wake me up, get me mentally prepared for any tasks ahead or just warm me up. A bath at night can work as a relaxant and also help me warm up before bed.
My ‘work at home’ uniform tends to consist of PJs, sports bras and workout wear. I like this, as it means I’m ready for working out or lounging around as the mood takes me. I’m at home alone most of the time when working so this works fine for me. Wearing small light layers keeps me nice and warm and means I can strip down a little to exercise.
I bought my slipper socks in Primark, for just £1 (down from £4) in a recent sale. They are Winter themed but that doesn’t bother me as they look cute and keep my feet warm.
Although I’ve shared these tips with you they are just things that I have noticed naturally in my routine. I am naturally quite a warm person, due to thyroid issues, but if I am cold I often just put the heating on to warm up. I feel that life is too short to be sitting around freezing, however that doesn’t stop me trying a few of the tips above before I resort to turning on the thermostat.
I live in a cosy new build home and it has a super high energy efficiency rating. This means that the heating only goes on sporadically during even the coldest months and there is a good 9-10 months of the year where it isn’t used at all. Obviously this helps with heating costs too and is