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Keeping warm on a cold day

Updated on November 26, 2011


In this recession, where there are less jobs around to help people maintain their households, people try to cut down costs of living to live within their means. Now that it is winter, it doesn't help that it's cold outside and you have to keep turning on the heat. Here are some tips to help you stay warm without having your heating or electric bills go through the roof.

1. Keep your inside temperature at a constant temperature of 68 degrees Farenheit and when you feel cold, start wearing layers. You can wear a sweater or jacket, blanket, extra pair of socks, etc. on top of what you are already wearing. Open drapes or blinds and let the sun heat your home for free.

2. Instead of turning up the heat, drink some soup, tea, coffee or any other hot drink. From my experience, I have found that drinking something hot warms me on the inside and not only do I feel warmer, but I feel better.

3. Take lukewarm showers that are shorter than your normal time for taking showers (I know it's cold out, but it helps cut down the electric bill). Then as you are drying yourself, rub your skin a little more vigorously to help get yourself warm. Once you put on your clothes, you will feel a lot better as well.

4. Use energy efficient appliances like heaters or furnaces. Most of them have the logo Energy Star on them. That means that the appliance works just the same as one without the logo on it, but that it uses less energy.

5. Seal up any leaks or cracks in windows and doors. This prevents the leaking of heat outside and will definitely help you reduce your electric bill.

6. Turn off lights and vents when you are not using them.

7. Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning. Doing this can prevent up to 8 percent of your furnace-heated air from going up the chimney.

8. Unplug appliances to prevent energy from leaking from plugs.

9. Wrap the hot water tank with jacket insulation.

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10. Use a space heater. That will help to heat yourself up faster while not wasting too much energy if you turn on the heating unit in your house.

These are some ways that I know of how to keep your house/apartment insulated, warm and at the same time save some money on that electric bill.

Questions or comments are always welcome.


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      rlaha 6 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      Hi Marcy and Sunnie: Thank you! I hope these help y'all (I'm still getting used to that word) keep warm! I'm glad you liked the picture :).

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      Sunnie Day 6 years ago

      Great tips! Marcy said it..still cold in Texas at times..Thank you for a useful hub for sure..The picture is it!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 6 years ago from Planet Earth

      Good advice - we have had some cold days, even here in Texas! Voted up and SHARED! Thanks for the helpful ideas!

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      rlaha 8 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      @RedElf: Thank you! It's good to have those power bars. For those who may not know what they are, they are power strips that can be plugged into the wall and are great for saving energy. I have a couple of those with 6 outlet points in them.

      It is great to meet you as well! Thank you! I am going to need all the luck for a good job.

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      You raise a good point about unplugging electrical equipment (#8). Many things such as TVs and personal computers continue to use power even when they are switched off. I have plugged in all my electronics into power bars that have "On-Off" switches, so I can just turn off the power bar instead of unplugging everything ;)

      Nice to meet you, and good luck in your job search!