Working from home in Winter

Winter is coming… The colder months are on us and here in the UK, we can expect temperatures to be low for the next few months. 

While working from home means many of us no longer need to battle long, cold commutes in the rain and snow, it also means we can’t rely on a temperature regulated office when we get to work.

Being at home 24/7 in the winter months with your heating on is going to inevitably lead to an increase in your bills. It’s been reported that working from home over Winter will add £100 to fuel bills. Here are my tips to help keep the cost of staying warm this winter down:

Layer Up

One of the most effective ways of staying warm is to layer up and stop your body heat escaping. The more layers you have will provide more thermal insultation, trapping the warmth and keeping you warmer for longer.

Wearing an under vest, a t-shirt, and Jumper (Sweater) will go a long way to keep your core warm.  On top of this, I also throw on a large fleece for that extra layer! 

If its particularly cold, I have some thermal long johns that I put on under my Jeans or Jogging bottoms (Sweat pants) to keep my legs warm. 

I’ll often wear two pairs of socks too to keep my feet toasty! I also highly recommend some thick thermal slipper socks. Even on the coldest days, I sometimes need to take my extra layers off as my feet get too warm!

 

Warm things

Above all else, the one thing I cannot live without while working in the winter months is my Electric heat pad. I don’t wear it, I put it on the back of my Office chair, and keeps me warm all day. It consumes low power, and switches off automatically every 90 minutes, which puts my forgetful mind at rest!

Other things I like to use to keep warm are Hot water bottles and the microwavable heat bean bag things. Their heat doesn’t last as long, but again, it’s cheap and instant way to warm your hands or feet up.

Keep the existing heat in

In the same way you wear layers to stop your body heat escaping, your house can leak heat or let draughts in. 

Check your windows and doors for gaps (not forgetting the letter box!) and if you find gaps, you buy inexpensive foam sealing tape which does a great job. If you can, close the door to the room you are working in to keep the heat in. Draught excluders are a great way to keep heat in, and draughts out!

Large glass patio doors can drain the heat from your room, so where you can, try to keep curtains or blinds closed, which traps a layer of air and helps insulate the room.

Look for grants

Finally, your local governments may provide assistance in the form of grants and discount schemes. For example, here are some of the schemes I could find for the UK:

Warm Home Discount Scheme

Cold Weather Payment

Winter Fuel Payment

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