ggartled 1200 / shadowpicture size > W with working from home now an established reality for many, and the social vortex less busy than before the pandemic, it's going to be an expensive winter if we have heat all day. Earlier this year , Guardian writer and columnist Frances Ryan asked Twitter users to share tips on how to stay warm and cut bills , and the hundreds of responses were ingenious and helpful. Here are some ways to stay warm, cut down on fossil fuels and cut costs. Discover your central heating system With a little free time, you might as well take care of the intricacies of your boiler and your thermostat. If you enjoy not having to move around when you wake up later, set your heating to turn on later in the morning, says Laura McGadie, energy group manager at Energy Saving Trust . If possible, install a smart meter, which should help reduce a household's electricity consumption by 2.8% and gas consumption by 2%. » Stop ldrafts Sealing windows and doors and blocking cracks in the floor and baseboards can save around £ 20 per year on energy bills, ”says McGadie. You can seal the spaces between floors and baseboards to reduce drafts with a tube of putty purchased at any DIY store. Other simple solutions include getting cover for your mailbox and keyholes, installing self-adhesive foam strips for windows or using a chimney flask in unused open fireplaces. As some of those who responded to Ryan's Twitter post noted, a windbreaker for the door could simply be a rolled up towel or made from an old pair of fabric-padded tights. Layer on top You are probably not wearing enough clothes.ents. Instead of thinking about putting on another pair of socks or wearing mittens at your desk, you had better put on a sweatshirt, says JohnEric Smith, assistant professor in the department of kinesiology at Mississippi State University . “If you can keep the heart - the chest and everything - warm, you will keep the peripheries warm. As your body cools, blood is diverted from the extremities, which then become colder. Smith likes clothes like fleeces, because they create that extra chunky area without too much weight, but multiple layers of any type of top can create the same effect. Some people swear by thermal underwear, and a hat will also come in handy, but not if you're sitting topless at your desk. Whenever you are looking to reduce skin contact with the environment, this is going to be beneficial. The most important idea ispart of your heat is lost through your head is an old wives tale. People with a lot of hair will benefit less from it, he adds. Get curtains Close your curtains at dusk to prevent heat escaping through the windows, ”says McGadie. Thick, lined curtains would be ideal, but these can be extremely expensive. (Look for used ones.) A curtain on the front door can be improvised with an old blanket. Avoid cold feet If you are in the mood and able to take on a larger DIY job, insulating wooden floors can be fairly straightforward. “Wood floors can be insulated from below if you have access or by lifting the planks and installing mineral wool insulation supported by a mesh between the joists,” says McGadie. Otherwise, she said, the rugs and mHats are a quick fix that will help your feet feel warmer. Socks and slippers are a no-brainer. One Twitter user suggested changing your socks: You might think you warmed them up while standing. , but they actually trap the moisture you sweat, and that cools you down instead. Go tinker If move all the furniture and lifting the floors is not an option - likewise, insulating the attic - there are small jobs that could help. Installing reflective radiator panels is an inexpensive option that returns the heat from the radiator into the room, instead of letting the heat escape through an exterior wall, says McGadie. The Energy Saving Trust says it can't comment on individual products, such as 'installing plastic wrap over leaky windows, but others swear by itthe - one of the replies to Ryan's Twitter post said he really made a difference . Eat and drink hot If you eat more difficult to digest foods - which are higher in fat and higher in protein - the body is going to have to work harder, which will raise the body temperature to [fuel ] these bolic processes, ”says Smith. And there is nothing more warming than a cup of tea. Avoid alcohol, however - the warming effect of a pinch of whiskey is temporary and counterproductive. Alcohol causes the blood vessels to dilate, making the cheeks appear rosy, making the skin warm while causing you to lose heat and cooling your heart. So you will end up feeling colder. It's also, Smith points out, in the depressant drug family, so it's going to make you more inactive and just sort of.in this resting state, you can actually lose more heat by being stationary and not having as much bolic activity . Getting around If you are physically able, doing some exercise will warm up the body and pump blood. Don 't overdo it, however. One thing you should be careful of is that, if you start sweating, you are going to lose your body heat faster and it will make you cold faster, says Smith. So you have to find that happy balance between being physically active enough to generate heat to stay warm, but not to the point that you'll be sweating to try and cool off. Kiss the blankets Again, it These are layers You just add more layers between you and the environment, so it helps keep the heat your body generates close by.from you, without losing it in the room, says Smith. Several people, responding to Ryan, praised their electric blankets or mattress covers, but they can be expensive. Focus on the heat Maybe you need the radiator where you are working to get knocked up, or ah a bottle of water or a heating pad and extra blankets in the bed, or a spare duvet on the couch. Most responses to Ryan's Twitter feed recommended heating only one room (keep the door closed and clear out other currents air as best you can). Steal heat If the weather is nice, make sure your curtains are open, especially in south-facing rooms, to warm the room. At least one person on Twitter said they left the oven door open after firingto allow the heat to enter the kitchen (be careful if you have small children, of course). Finally, train the cat to sit on you at all times.