Dress Warm For Winter
Wrap up indoors and save money
Dress warm, it seems like a strange tip, it's winter so of course, you are going out in warm clothes: A coat, maybe boots, gloves and a hat, but saving on heating bills is not about what you wear outside, it's what you're wearing in the house.
There is a common saying:
"There is no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong sort of clothes".
Very few people would normally go out in the middle out winter in a vest and shorts with flip-flops on their feet, but once inside that's what many of us do, and then turn up the heating!
Dressing indoors in the coldest months of the year like your on holiday in Florida means you have to keep the heating up high to keep warm.
Putting on a pair of slippers instead of flip-flops or wandering around barefoot, wearing jeans, trousers, a onesie, trackies or leggings instead of shorts, and putting on a jumper over your T-shirt means you are keeping your body warm, which is exactly what you are trying to do by turning up the heating (and burning expensive energy) while wandering around indoors half-naked. Dress warm, turn down the thermostat from 22°C to 20°C will save about £100. If you normally set it higher than 22°C you'll save even more!
Wear a Woolly hat.
The old wives tale is that you lose between half and quarter of your body heat through your head. As the head is only about 10% of its surface area, scientists have been doing a lot of expensive research into this and say it's not true!
Head Heat Loss the Facts?
The psychological one:
Putting on a hat make you feel warmer when it's cold, so if it does that why not put one on?
Have a look at this selection of woolly hats. There something here for everyone.
The physiological one:
When your head gets cold and your body is warm, your body’s core temperature drops rapidly. The reason for this is that your scalp contains loads of blood vessels that sit very close to the surface of the skin, (this is to regulate your brain temperature).
If you are dressed in warm clothes without a hat on a cold day, the warm blood flowing from your body cools as it passes through the scalp, this cooled blood then travels back down into your body cooling it down.
When we are cold we normally shiver to keep warm with one exception, when it's just our head that's cold we don't shiver.
So ignore the scientists and listen to your Mother, wear a woolly hat indoors when its cold and you will feel warmer, put on a cardigan turn the heat down and save money!
For more help on staying warm this winter see Keeping Warm This Winter
For advice on saving energy see our Energy saving page
To see how to survive this winters power cuts and stay warm see our Surviving The Winter article.