The sun maybe shining today but I have definitely noticed that the evenings are darker and colder. I was hoping for a late indian summer now that the children are back at school but somehow I don’t think that it is happening. My husband and I often disagree about just how warm our house should be and how much the tumble dryer is used. Working at home I am much more aware of when I have the heating the on. Last year I was my first year working at home and I quickly learnt that having the heating on already was not a good move. It gave me headaches and made me sleepy and unproductive and also the cost of heating is something to be aware of.
Therefore here are my tips for keeping warm at home before resorting to the heating.
- Wrap up at home. I find if my feet are warm I stay warmer. Therefore I wear wolly socks and really good slippers at home.
- Wear layers at home and woolovers are ideal for that. I will often wear a cami top then a thin jumper and even a cardigan if needed. It keeps me nice and warm whilst I am sitting still at the laptop.
- Have a warm lunch, soup is ideal as it is healthy, cheap, filling and warm. This ensures that I warm inside and out!
- Keep doors shut in the house. That way you are keeping the heat in the rooms that you are working in.
- Go for a run in the morning. Running straight after the school drop off works for me. It means I come home really warm and although I obviously shower, the run keeps me warm for a few hours. I also find running in the morning clears my head and I work better afterwards.
- Keep windows clear to let in any natural sunlight, this does help keep a room warm and I am a believer that is it looks warm and bright you don’t feel as cold!
- Draft excluders I have one by the front door and it makes a real difference.
- Consider where you work or where the office is. Choose a warm part of the house, don’t try to work in a open hallway if you can help it. Don’t sit right near a drafty window as you will soon feel it.
- My heated blanket is my best friend. I can plug it in and work with it across my lap. It is veryy cheap to run and very very cozy!
- Use your thermostat and timers. It will know when the house has dipped and then you can justify turning on the heating!