Stay warm in winter

Layer up

One clever technique to stay warm in the cold is to wear many layers of clothes instead of one heavy item. Base layers, like long-sleeve shirts or thermal vests, can effectively trap heat and are reasonably priced. Look out for apparel composed of fleece, cotton, or wool.

Place a draft excluder next to a door to keep drafts out and heat in

Make an effort to seal off any particularly drafty spots in your house, such as the spaces beneath doors, around window frames, and around keyholes.

Draw your curtains before dusk to prevent losing heat, and keep them open during the day to let in light and warmth.

Prepare piping hot meals and beverages

Consuming a nutritious, well-balanced diet that consists of at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day can support a robust immune system throughout the winter months. To stay warm, consume hot beverages and foods like stews, soups, and porridge on a regular basis.

Keep in mind that, if they are out of season in the winter, frozen or canned fruit and vegetables—as long as there is no added sugar or salt—are just as healthy as fresh.

When compared to baking a dinner in the oven, using a microwave, air fryer, or slow cooker can help you save money on energy bills.

Get moving

Try to be as active as you can to improve your circulation. Avoid sitting stationary for extended periods of time, and move around at least once per hour. Exercise, even mild exercise, will help you stay warm. As it is the coldest and closest to the ground, place your feet up when you do sit down.

Use your heat wisely

Choose your home's heating method carefully if power costs are a concern for you. "I heat one room and spend most of my time there," a reader wrote.

If at all possible, try to maintain the temperature in the room where you spend the majority of your time—your living room or bedroom—at least 64.4°F. To prevent heat from being trapped in some locations, don't forget to close doors and turn off the radiators in hallways and unoccupied rooms.

Heat certain parts of the house only as necessary. For instance, you may decide to put on the heat in your bedroom right before going to bed. To stay warm at night, you can also use an electric blanket or a hot water bottle.