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I spent a whole winter without heating – eight tips to stay warm and save money

If you’re worried about rising bills and wondering how you’ll manage without the heating on so much, there may be a few tricks to try.

TikTok user Carolyn Anderson went an entire winter without turning on her central heating and gave her eight tips.

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Carolyn Anderson spent a whole winter without heating and gave her adviceCredit: Tiktok/@orkadian

On her @orkadian account, she said: ‘I’m tired of hearing people who have never gone without heating in winter telling people how they are going to cope with it this winter.

“So here are, from someone who actually did it, eight things you need to consider.”

First, how to deal with condensation in your home.

Carolyn said: ‘That’s going to be especially true in the bedrooms that you sleep in.

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“You’re going to get condensation on your windows and maybe in other places.

“You have to clean this every morning or whenever you see it.

“Having this condensation can not only make the room colder, but it can also cause dampness, which causes other problems.”

Carolyn said you can get headaches if your house is constantly cold and you need to keep your forehead warm with a scarf or hat.

She also advised keeping your chest and throat warm because you’ll be “breathing cold, damp air all the time”, which isn’t good for them.

The TikToker added: “Maybe try eating cough candies because they’re kinda warming and hot drinks, lots of hot drinks.”

Carolyn said bedding can get “damp” from your sweat during the night.

She continued: “You have to air it out, you don’t want it to stay damp, you have to air it out as much as you can so that when you go back to bed it’s a pleasant experience.”

One of the biggest issues she raised was where you should dry clothes.

She said, “You think ‘oh am I just going to put them in the dryer?’

“Maybe evaluate that and see if you can actually use a small heater because you won’t have the ability to put them on a heater.

“At least if you have a room heated by a radiator, you can have a dryer in that room with your clothes.”

Carolyn said the worst thing about not having a heater is towel drying.

She explained: “Your towel won’t dry out between showers. [in the depths of winter].

“Find a way to dry that towel, it will make your life less miserable.”

She also advised putting spreads like peanut butter somewhere where it won’t get so cold that they’ll “solidify.”

And she also claimed that the cups can crack if they are too cold and you add boiling water.

Carolyn said, “Trust me, it happens.”

And finally, she added an extra tip in the video saying you need to be aware of how you treat your skin in a very cold house.

Carolyn explained: “Your skin may become sore, reddish and cracked.”

She recommended finding a way to deal with it for your skin type.

Her video racked up 45,000 likes and people were quick to comment.

One said: “I had to do this in 2010. It was brutal. These are great tips. Plus, moving will help keep you from tensing up and warm up your body.

Another added: “Heat one room, you can turn off the radiators in all the other rooms and in the depths of winter, all sleep in one room.”

With energy prices still giving us chills and bills rising, it’s time to find other ways to warm up.

Martin shared Money saving expert (MSE), heat the human not the houseto help vulnerable households stay warm without increasing bills.

The key is to keep yourself warm rather than pumping hot air into your home. These inexpensive ideas should help you save on your bills.

Naturally, the more clothes you wear, the warmer you should feel.

You can wear as many layers as you want, but aim for a minimum of two indoors and three outdoors in cold weather.

Wearing heated clothing is another idea, from fingerless gloves to heated vests that have a battery or USB plug.

After wrapping your body, be sure to put something on your feet. Walking barefoot around the house can thwart other people’s attempts to warm up.

It’s as easy as putting on a pair of socks or using your slippers around the house.

The guide also reminds people that eating and drinking warm things regularly helps us stay healthy, according to the NHS.

Keep warm between the sheets by making sure you have a thick winter duvet in place.

Sometimes a hot water bottle is all you need and these days they come in all shapes and sizes.