Advertising
Advertising

6 Vintage and Energy-Saving Ways To Stay Warm This Winter

6 Vintage and Energy-Saving Ways To Stay Warm This Winter

The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting colder. It’s important to keep yourself warm during these unbearably chilly months. While central heating is a fantastic way to heat up the home, there are other more old-fashioned ways of staying warm, that will not only save money, but energy too. Here are six vintage ways to keep yourself warm inside and outside the home this winter.

1. Draught excluder cushion

draught-excluder-cushions

    These long cushions are perfect for stopping pesky, chilly winds from seeping through door cracks. Draught excluders are inexpensive, often come in very cute designs and are good way to keep the home insulated. According to the Energy Saving Trust, they can save you between £25 to £50 a year! And what’s more, draught excluders also help stop spiders and other creepy crawlies from getting into the home.

    Advertising

    2. Hot water bottle

    hot-water-bottles

      Hot water bottles are one of life’s greatest inventions. A hot water bottle, also known as a “hottie”, is a rubber container filled with boiling water that you place on your bed to warm up, or a part of your body that is extra cold. Most people use a fluffy or knitted cover on their bottle to keep it soft, there are hundreds of designs to choose from.

      Heating the bed has been a practice since the 16th century, back then coal embers were used. Not long after that, hot water bottles made of materials such as copper and zinc came into existence. It was in 1903 that the first “hottie” made from rubber or PVC was introduced to the world.

      Advertising

      3. Drink something hot

      hot-drink

        A soothing hot drink will warm you up from within. It takes just minutes to boil the kettle, or heat up some water in a saucepan. There are also a host of health benefits that come with drinking hot beverages. It helps to improve blood circulation, slow down ageing and detoxify your body. Hot drinks are best consumed in the morning, as they give your digestive system a good kick into gear.

        4. Layer up

        Advertising

        layer-up-in-winter

          The best way to stop yourself from catching a chill is to layer your clothes. Delve into your wardrobe and find your cosiest jumpers and thickest socks. If you’re wearing trousers but your legs still feel cold, simply wear a pair of tights or tracksuits underneath, no one will see the difference, but you will certainly feel a difference in temperature. Vintage shops and flea markets have an abundance of sweatshirts, jumpers, scarves and faux fur coats available at incredible prices. Look stylish whilst staying warm.

          5. Insulate your home

          water-heater-jacket

            It’s the small things you do that have the biggest impact. Make sure you close your curtains early in the evening to keep the heat in. Also, close all doors around the home, this way the warmth will stay in each room and be more condensed. If you have wooden floorboards, be sure to fill any gaps, laying down a rug would be a good idea too. Also, try wrapping your hot water tank in an 80 mm jacket. These steps are incredibly easy to do and will have an invaluable effect on the temperature of your home.

            Advertising

            6. Get baking

            baking-in-oven

              Believe it or not, your oven is one of the biggest sources of heat in your home. If you’re feeling the chill, turn on the oven and do some baking. This will also raise your overall body temperature because you will be moving around the kitchen, whisking, stirring and hunting through all your cupboards for those elusive ingredients like salt and baking powder.

              And why not kill two birds with one stone, and prepare one of these 5 retro Christmas food and drinks, all guaranteed to go down as a treat with your guests, and offer them a memorable journey in time?

              Featured photo credit: spectator.co.uk via blogs.spectator.co.uk

              More by this author

              6 Vintage and Energy-Saving Ways To Stay Warm This Winter 8 Crafty Ways To Give Your Vintage Threads A Revamp

              Trending in Family

              1 What Happened to Family Dinners? Why We Should Bring Them Back 2 How to Cope with Empty Nest Syndrome and Stop Feeling Lonely 3 How Not to Let Work Take Priority over Spending Time With Family 4 35 Life Hacks for Kids That Make Parenting Easier And More Fun 5 20 Things to Remember If You Love a Person with ADD

              Read Next

              Advertising
              Advertising
              Advertising

              Last Updated on September 16, 2019

              How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

              How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

              You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

              We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

              The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

              Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

              1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

              Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

              For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

              Advertising

              • (1) Research
              • (2) Deciding the topic
              • (3) Creating the outline
              • (4) Drafting the content
              • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
              • (6) Revision
              • (7) etc.

              Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

              2. Change Your Environment

              Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

              One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

              3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

              Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

              Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

              My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

              Advertising

              Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

              4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

              If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

              Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

              I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

              5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

              I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

              Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

              Advertising

              As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

              6. Get a Buddy

              Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

              I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

              7. Tell Others About Your Goals

              This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

              For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

              8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

              What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

              Advertising

              9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

              If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

              Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

              10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

              Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

              Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

              11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

              At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

              Reality check:

              I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

              More About Procrastination

              Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

              Read Next