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Tips for Staying Warm While Keeping Your Heat Down Low
Baby, it's cold outside! We are in the middle of a week where the highs will be in the 20's. Our furnace is cranking nonstop it seems. I think we keep our heat pretty low, but I am sure others do better than us. It isn't a competition, but it would be good for the environment and your wallet if you could turn your heat down low. But how do you stay warm? Here are some tips to help you.
Do you really need to heat the whole house? I am here by myself for a few hours each day while the kids are at school. Rather than keeping the whole house warm enough for me, I can turn the heat down and use a space heater. We have a small electric one that keeps a room very warm. At night are you paying to heat the whole house, while you really only need one or two rooms heated? If so, consider getting an electric blanket and then turn that thermostat down.
Dress appropriately for the weather. We don't wear t-shirts in the winter, just like we don't wear coats in the summer. Also make sure everyone wears socks. Your feet get cold easily, socks prevent this. When we dress appropriately no one complains about the cold - too much anyway.
Use your curtains or blinds! If you have curtains or blinds on the windows, close them at night to keep the heat in and open them during the day to let the sun warm up your house. This also applies to electricity. Natural light is our friend, use it.
Stay active. I find when I have been sitting still for too long I get cold (even when I am under a blanket). Get up and get moving, or better yet, really exercise. This will warm you up and keep you warm for awhile afterwards.
Use your oven. Many people try to avoid using their oven in the summer to keep the house cool. The opposite is true for the winter time. Use your oven and it will heat up the kitchen. I like to leave my oven door open a crack when everything is done, so that all the heat escapes into the kitchen.
Close off rooms that aren't in use. Do you have a spare room that is used rarely? Close the heating vents and door. The hot air blowing through your pipes will be forced out somewhere else. Another aspect of this is to close closet doors if you can. Do your clothes really need to be heated?
Have a fire. If you have a fire place, then use it. This will work best on moderately cold days, not when it is below zero.
Seal any air leaks. This may seem obvious, but sometimes it is easier said then done. But it will be worth it if you can figure out a way to stop the hot air from escaping.
Add insulation into your attic. This can be expensive, but is a pretty easy do it yourself home improvement project. You will feel much warmer too, so it is well worth it.
It can be hard keeping a house warm in the winter time, but these tips should help you do that, while also saving your money. A win-win for everyone.