8 wise ways to keep the heat in

Follow these simple tips to keep warm and safe this winter.

1. Wrap up warm

Colourful hats and gloves

Dress in layers and wear a hat, gloves and scarf. Clothes made from wool, cotton or fleecy fabrics are warmest. When you're indoors, wear warm socks and slippers to keep your feet cosy.

2. Keep the cold out 

Handle of a door slightly ajar

Close doors and use a keyhole cover to block draughts. Buy thermal linings for curtains to keep the heat in.

3. Don't use alcohol to keep warm

Glass of red wine being poured 

Avoid drinking alcohol before going, or when, outside. It makes you feel warm because blood vessels in the skin expand, but this draws heat away from your vital organs.

4. Check your heating

Gas flame and radiator controller 

Have your heating system serviced regularly to make sure it works well.

5. Maintain the temperature

Hand adjusting a thermostat 

Keep your main living room at 18–21°C (64–70°F) and the rest of your house at 16°C (61°F) at least. If you can’t heat all the rooms you use, heat the living room during the day and the bedroom just before you go to sleep. In bed, use either a hot water bottle or an electric blanket.

6. Have warming food and drinks

A pot of beef stew 

Have regular hot drinks and food such as porridge, soups and stews. Visit our recipe finder to get more ideas for warming, healthy dishes.

7. Stay active

Woman's feet walking indoors wearing slippers

Keep as active as possible to boost your circulation. Move around at least once an hour and avoid sitting still for long periods. Even light exercise will help keep you warm. When you do sit down, put your feet up as it’s coldest nearest the ground.

8. Check what you support you can get 

Pen and glasses on a gas bill 

Don’t miss out on benefits. Depending on your circumstances you may get the Winter Fuel or Cold Weather Payments automatically. If you don't, visit gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment or call 03459 15 15 15 to see if you’re eligible.

You may also be entitled to claim an Affordable Warmth Grant, which could help with heating and insulation improvements. For more information, call the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234 or visit gov.uk/energy-company-obligation.

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