Keeping warm working from home isn’t as cheap as it was when the pandemic first started due to the increased prices of gas and electricity. As someone who has worked from home, I always looked at how I could keep warm, especially in winter months, without turning on the central heating for the entire house.
In this article, I’ll go through 7 simple, cheap ways you can keep warm working from home.
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Keeping Warm Working From Home
Keeping warm working from home is really important, because nothing is worse than feeling cold and shivering on those cold, dark winter days. This article is for you if you:
- You work from home regularly.
- You work from home and are alone in your home.
- You want to keep gas bills down by not turning on full house central heating.
- You struggle to stay warm whilst working from home.
The third point here is really important.
If you wouldn’t ordinarily turn on your central heating during the day (because you and everyone else would normally be at work/school etc), then you are increasing your costs substantially, especially with the skyrocketing energy prices we have seen through 2022 and beyond.
So here’s a few ideas to get you going, and hopefully, keeping you warm working from home whilst also saving money on energy costs around your home.
1. Layer Up
The easiest way to keep warm when working from home is to use layers to increase the amount of material that will keep warmth naturally generated by your body within your body – and to keep cold air out.
To keep this warmth from escaping, you’ll need clothing that is tight fitting, but also comfortable.
That’s where thermal underwear can play a big part keeping warm working from home.
THERMAL UNDERWEAR RECOMMENDATIONS
Thermal underwear is worn under normal clothing (so great if you need to be on camera with Skype or Zoom), and is usually made with fleece like material keeping you warm and snug – without anyone knowing.
Of course, wearing a cosy fleeced jumper, cardigan or seatshirt will also help you keep your natural warmth in as well, as well as keeping the cold air out.
2. Socks & Slippers
If you’re like me, working from home during the winter causes me one big frustration – cold feet!
There’s no need for smart shoes like you normally would going into the office.
Nope, you can buy the comfiest, warmest socks you can find, like the ones below for example.
THERMAL SOCKS RECOMMENDATIONS
Thermal socks will keep your feet much better protected against coldness than normal, everyday socks, and they are a must buy.
And if that isn’t enough, why not also couple them with some ultra soft, ultra comfy, ultra warm slippers?
THERMAL SLIPPERS RECOMMENDATIONS
Just make sure you order a size above what you’d normally order to account for the thick thermal socks!
3. Draft Excluders
Keeping your body heat in is important, but keeping cold air outside your home is even more important – whether your workig from home or not.
Drafts in your home in the winter are both unpleasant and costly, so it pays to exclude any drafts you can feel as soon as possible.
DRAFT EXCLUDER RECOMMENDATIONS
A draft excluder can be used on an interal door – such as the door leading to your home office, but they can also be used on windows and will help keep the warm air in, and the cold air out.
4. Hot Water Bottles
If you get particulary cold whilst working from home, consider using a water bottle.
It’s one of the most basic and simple of ideas, but will help keep you warm with a direct heat source that you can place on your chair, on your lap, or even at your feet.
POERTABLE HEATER RECOMMENDATIONS
5. Hot Drinks
Tea, coffee, hot choclate, green tea – whatever your favourite hot drink, make sure to keep hydrated and stay warm with plenty of hot drinks throughout your working day.
A hot drink is no substitute for any other idea on this page, but it will warm your core slightly according to The National Library of Medicine, and of course, will put you in a better mood.
Just don’t forget the hobnobs.
Having a nice warm blanket draped across your lap, or even over your shoulders, is a great way of keeping warm working from home.
Not only does it feel super cosy, it’s a very cheap option, because you’ll likely already have blankets around your home.
It’s probably not the best look on a zoom call though, so do remeber to get the blanket out of shot before your boss comes on asking for the weeklies.
7. Portable Heaters
Portable heaters are a great way of warmng just one room of a house, instead of firing up the central heating for the entire house.
The heaters are reasonably priced to buy, and reasonably cheap to run. They are also easy to set up – unbox, plug in, and hey presto you have heat.
Below are two excellent choices that have low wattage output (meaning less electricity used), whilst also packing a punch and heating a small office to keep you warm and toasty.
POERTABLE HEATER RECOMMENDATIONS
If you do have your central heating on during the day, do make sure to bleed your radiators for maximum efficiency.
Keeping warm working from home doesn’t have to be expensive, and you don’t necessarily have to have the central heating on all day at huge personal expense.
The ideas above are just that – ideas with some suggested products.
However, in the current climate of high energy costs, buying some thermal underwear and slippers is going to be a far sight cheaper than having the central heating on at full blast all day long.
But saying that, don’t go to the extreme – if it’s -2c outside, and the house is like an ice box, do make sure you treat yourself now and again by putting the central heating on.
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