10 wise ways to keep the heat in

Hot water bottle with heart design

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

1. Dress in layers and wear a hat, gloves and scarf. Clothes made from wool, cotton or fleecy fabrics are warmest.

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

3. Don’t drink 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. Have your heating system serviced regularly to make sure it works well.

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

7. 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.

8. When you do sit down, put your feet up as it’s coldest nearest the ground.

9. Don’t miss out on benefits. You may get the Winter Fuel or Cold Weather Payments automatically, but if not, visit direct.gov.uk/winterfuel or call 0845 915 1515 to see if you’re eligible.

10. Check on grants. You may be entitled to a claim under the Warm Front Scheme, which offers grants for heating and insulation improvements. For England, call 0800 316 2805 or visit direct.gov.uk/warmfront. Similar schemes exist in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Cuddle up to this

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