Martin Lewis’ tips for staying warm without using the heater

Martin Lewis’ tips for staying warm without using the heater

Martin Lewis has shared his helpful tips for staying warm this winter without resorting to turning on the heating.

The Money Saving Expert’s comments come as nine in 10 UK adults report that their costs of living have risen in the last three months due to rising energy bills and food prices.

In an episode of his November ITV show, The Martin Lewis Money ShowLewis said his team had carried out research on ways to “heat the human being and not the home”.

“It was really depressing the fact that we had to do it because of the way energy prices were going and the way some people couldn’t turn on their central heating,” Lewis said.

“It turned out that the research we did has been really helpful, not just for people who are in desperate states… but for many who just want to turn down their central heating.

“A lot of things from how you put your clothes on effectively, but what really took off was the little electrical elements to heat the person up.”

Lewis said his team had identified a number of cheap and cost-effective electrical items, including heated gloves, hand warmers, an electric vest and heated insoles.

Some of the items cost as little as 1 cent per hour based on a rate of 34 cents/kw.

The heated gloves are around £5 and are powered by USB. Lewis said it could cost as little as 1p an hour to run.

He also recommended microwavable wheat bags (around £4) and hot water bottles (around £5).

Sharing his own personal hack, Lewis advised wrapping yourself in a sleeping bag and placing the hot water bottle inside while sitting at home, as this traps heat and keeps you warmer for longer.

The bag of wheat costs around 1 cent per hour, while the cost of the hot water bottle is around 7 cents per hour.

Lewis noted that while electric vests can be expensive (they cost around £50), they can work for as little as 1p an hour and are effective at keeping the whole body warm.

Also, during the show, Lewis urged the public to check the temperature setting on their thermostat in what he calls the “one degree challenge.”

He said the World Health Organization has recommended that a temperature of 18 degrees is “fine for healthy adults.”

“It’s not for me to tell you what to do, but I’d like you to try to turn it down by 1 degree,” Lewis said, adding that most people have their thermostats around 21 degrees.

“That could save you about 10 percent on your heating bill,” Lewis said.

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