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Staying warm this winter

Staying warm this winter

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The warmth of summer is behind us, winters’ closing in. Darker nights are looming, with temperatures starting to dip, it’s important to keep warm and stay healthy to fight off viruses and infections.

You’re at a greater risk of illness during the cold weather if you:

  • Are over 65 years of age
  • Have a disability
  • Suffer a long-term health condition or disease (heart, lung, kidney or liver disease)
  • On a low income or in receipt of benefits 

Here are some money-saving ideas for you to consider, that can support you through the winter months with the crippling energy crisis ahead.      


By taking a rest and putting your feet up, elevating your legs for 20 minutes twice a day, will improve your circulation, reduce swelling and relieve muscle tension. 

The floor can be the coldest part of the house, raising your feet off the floor, onto a stool or pouffe, will help you stay a little bit warmer this winter. 

Feet still cold? Throughout the day your socks could have absorbed sweat making them damp, swap them for a fresh, dry pair.

feet in slippers


Wearing several thin layers is better than one thick layer. By adding more layers between you and the environment will help to trap air, acting as insulation, keeping you warm. All your layers should be breathable for the layering system to work.

  • Layer one – Base layer

Your skin must stay dry by wearing merino wool or cheaper alternatives like synthetic fibers: polyester and nylon – these fabrics will lock in heat and wick away any sweat to the surface of the garment. Avoid wearing cotton clothing, as this traps moisture lowering the body temperature.

  • Layer two – Mid Layer

This layer is about retaining heat, therefore pick fabrics made of wool, down or fleece.

  • Layer three – Outer layer 

This outer layer of coats and jackets, ensure they are waterproof and breathable protecting you from the harsh elements like wind, rain and snow.

Don’t underestimate the power of accessories – your head, hands, and feet are the first to feel the cold. Wearing a hat, scarf, gloves, and wool socks, will stop the heat from escaping.

pile of jumpers


dog under the duvet

During the colder months when temperatures begin to plummet swap your lightweight summer duvet for a higher rate tog, anything above 13.5 tog will keep you toasty



Don’t warm up the whole room. Focus on keeping yourself warm by using throws, bedspreads, cosy pyjamas and dressing gowns. Keeping warm can aid in a better night’s sleep. 

Other recommendations:

  • Electric Blankets – most have an auto-off feature, you don’t need to worry about it running all night when you fall asleep. 
  • Sleeping Bags – you don’t need to be camping to use one! They trap the air creating a warm cocoon. 
  • Hot Water Bottles – choosing a bottle with a thicker cover, will trap heat, remaining warm all night. A thicker cover also protects you from burns.


Cooking is an activity that not only keeps you warm whilst preparing your hot meal or drink, but once consumed it continues to keep you warm by raising your core temperature from the inside. 

Limit cooking that gives off steam – this creates humidity especially in the winter months when it can make your house feel damp and cold. Once finished cooking, turn the oven off leaving its door open, this allows the hot air to escape, heating up the room.



It may be hard getting off the sofa from under your blankets, however exercising improves your physical well-being, mental and emotional health and produces body heat. It’s important to keep your body moving every hour by walking room to room, yoga, stretching or chair/bed exercises. 

man doing yoga

Some people experience frailty as they age, thus making it difficult to exercise. If you’re worried about having a fall, accident or medical emergency, by having a Personal Alarm with fall detection and 24-hour Monitoring Service, will provide the safety, security and confidence you may need, to enjoy life independently for longer. Click on the link below


opening the curtains
  • Daytime – when the sun is shining keep your curtains open, this allows the rays to warm up the room
  • Night-time – closing your curtains at night traps the air inside the room, keeping your home warmer
  • Close off any unused rooms 
  • Drafts seeping out of electrical sockets – block them with outlet insulators
  • Use draft excluders – these block draughts from under closed doors – Make your own with this FREE sewing pattern
  • If you have an unused chimney, block it up


reading in the library

Venture out, and take advantage of other warmer locations heated at no cost to yourself!

Visit a Library, Bookstore, Community Centre, Church, Leisure Centre or pop to see a family or friend. 


Hot air rises and cold air sinks, if you have multiple levels to your home, spend more time upstairs. Draught-proof your loft hatch with foam strips to stop heat from escaping into the loft.

attic door


Cold weather can make health problems worse, a flu jab reduces the risk of serious illness or hospitalisation. If you are 65 or older, protect your health by visiting your GP practice or local pharmacy to get your free flu vaccine. 

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