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Tackling the Autumnal Cold

The weather this week has most definitely taken a turn for the worst. With orange weather warnings across the country and forecast terrential rain, we know it’s going to be a weekend of ‘turn up the heat, I’m freezin’!’, and endless makings of tea. Here’s some ways to keep the heat in this weekend, and for the foreseeable Autumn/Winter months.

1. Warm yourself first
It’s easier to change your body temperature than room temperature, not to mention more eco-friendly. Instead of turning up the heat, put on another layer of clothing. It’s easier to turn the heat up, but you’ll be happier when the electric bill comes in.

2. Wear a hat
It has been said that you lose 80 percent of your body heat through your head; but that’s not actually true. If you’re otherwise clothed, you’ll lose heat from any surface that’s exposed. So put on your hat and leave less of a chance for body-heat to escape!

3. Switch between hot and cold water in the shower
Hot showers immediately warm you up, but cold showers improve blood circulation between your skin and organs. Cold showers are also correlated with a stronger immune system.

4. Block drafts with a pool noodle
Keep heat in and cold out by cutting a pool noodle in half lengthwise, wrapping it in fabric, and sliding it under your door. It’s an easy DIY draft stopper, and will stay put all winter. Head to Home Store and More or Heatons for cute, illustrated ones.

5. Start composting
If you’re already interested in composting, here’s another reason to do it: The microbial breakdown of organic material produces heat. Some people use it to warm up showers and greenhouses, but even small-timers in studio apartments can feel a difference.


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