Trapped at home all day means heating bills are likely to mount up. Try these simple – and ingenious – ways to keep yourself toasty

With many of us working from home, shielding or just following the requirement to stay in our houses, it’s going to be an expensive winter if we have the heating running all day. Last week, the writer and Guardian columnist Frances Ryan, who has been shielding since last spring, asked people on Twitter to share tips on how to keep warm and keep the bills down, and the hundreds of replies were ingenious and helpful. In 2020, National Energy Action, the charity that campaigns to end fuel poverty, which is linked to 12,000 deaths in a “normal” year, said that a second wave of Covid-19 over winter could be “catastrophic”. So write to your MP about that, and check to see if you are eligible for any schemes to help pay bills. In the meantime, here are a few ways you can keep warmer, cut down on fossil fuel consumption and keep costs down.

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