Keeping warm on a cold day
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.
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.
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.
Questions or comments are always welcome.