Top tips for keeping warm

Top tips for keeping warm

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Here are our 10 top tips for keeping warm without putting your heating on.

1. Warm clothes

a jumper, leggings and socks

An extra jumper, a pair of thick socks, a pair of leggings, or a base layer under your clothes can help keep you warm when the weather is cold.

A lady wearing a hat and a scarf.

A hat and a scarf can also help to keep you warm if you are very cold. 


2. Hot drinks

a kettle

If you have a flask, fill it with hot water after the kettle has boiled. You can use the water to make your next hot drink.  

A man holding a mug.

Hot drinks like tea or warm milk will keep your blood pumping around your body.  They will also keep your hands warm while you hold the mug. 

3. Hot water bottles

Hot water with steam rising from it being poured from a kettle into a hot water bottle.

Ask someone if you need some help to fill your hot water bottle.

Someone holding a hot water bottle to the front of their jumper.

Hot water bottles are great if you are working from home or if you are sitting down for a long time. 

4. Dressing gowns

a dressing gown

Put a dressing gown on over your clothes to help keep you warm. Wearing lots of warm layers can help keep your body heat in. 

5. Move around

A man sitting in a chair with a red arrow pointing to the same man standing up.

Get up and move around if you have been sitting still for a while. This will help the blood move around your body and warm you up. 

6. Electric blankets

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An electric blanket costs about 3 pence per hour to run.  If you have an electric blanket, you might want to check how much yours costs to run.

7. Warm meals

A bowl of soup

Eat warm meals like soup or noodles to help keep your body temperature warm.

8. Quilts and blankets

a sofa with a blanket on it

Use extra blankets and warm sheets to keep warm when you are in bed or on the sofa.

9. Blankets with sleeves

a woman sitting at a laptop with a blanket around her shoulders

Blankets with sleeves are good for keeping you warm if you are typing or gaming.

10. Windows and doors

A woman closing a window.

Close your doors and windows to stop any cold air coming in.

a draught excluder in front of a window

You might want to use a draught excluder by a door or a window.  A draught excluder is a long piece of metal, wood or material which you put by the edge of a door or a window.

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It stops the cold air coming in and the warm air from your house going outside.

How to get help

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You can get help and advice on our website at 

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If you are worried about money, contact our Learning Disability Helpline: 


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