Have you ever sat in an office and wondered why some people were wearing their coats and hats, whilst others were in ‘T’ shirts and shorts?  A healthy body functions best at an internal temperature of about 37°C (98.6°F). But everyone has their own individual “normal” body temperature, which may be slightly higher or lower.  Hence some people ‘feel’ the cold more than others. 

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.” Said Alfred Wainwright, in his book A Coast to Coast Walk.  The same can be applied to indoors, although unlikely to rain, the cold is a major factor in how happy you feel.  The right clothing for the situation will keep you alert and comfortable

Why is it green?

It saves personal energy

What’s involved?

Small changes can make a big difference.  Put on another jumper, reduce your thermostat by one degree from 20oC to 19oC and delay turning on your heating from October until November would make a real difference.  If everyone in the UK did this simple thing, then we would collectively save more than the entire yearly output of the new £20m Hinkley Point C power station.  Other good habits you could cultivate in switching thigs off when they are not being used, and that includes turning off the standby, unplugging phones when they are fully charged, rather than leaving them ‘charging’ overnight and switching off lights when you leave the room, or are last out of the office.

Can you DIY?

This is a definite yes!

How much does it cost?

Nothing, beyond the original purchase price of the clothing

Does it save money?

It could save, in an average sized house, about £150 per year.

Can it be done in a church?

It definitely can.

Other Thoughts?

Dressing up is not just for Christmas and Red Nose Day, you could have a ‘knit-in’ and the wackiest and warmest jumper takes the prize.  You could also encourage the same knitters to go further, and knit for charity.  The UK Hand Knitting group have plenty of ideas, keep warm, be social and help charities.  It will make you feel warm inside and out!


Richard Farmeryis the Facilities and Property Coordinator for The Methodist Church. He advises and coordinates the central facilities and property, and provides guidance to churches a in relation to all facilities and property related matters.