Winter is officially here. Boy is it getting cold outside! It’s probably getting a little bit chilly in your house as well. How can you go ahead and warm up without facing an energy bill that is sky high? Take a look at these ten ways that are guaranteed to make you warmer without costing you a lot of money this winter:
- Cuddle up under the blankets with someone you love. The number one best way to stay warm at home is to enjoy the body heat of your loved ones. Sleep in with your spouse. Let the kids climb into bed with you to watch a movie in the evening. Snuggle up under the blankets and hold each other close. This doesn’t cost anything and it can even save you money if it means that you aren’t heating up the whole house all day and night.
- Move into just a few rooms of the house for the winter. One of the ways that people waste a lot of money in the winter is that they try to keep the whole house warm. You don’t know your home’s heater to heat up the whole home. You really only need to keep a few rooms heated. Figure out which rooms you want to spend your time in this winter and shut the vents to the other rooms. Consider using space heaters in small rooms and keeping the vents in those rooms shut as well. This will allow you to still stay warm in the rooms that you do use without costing you so much on your energy bills.
- Throw on a sweater and keep on moving. You won’t need the house to be as warm if you’re generating your own heat. Get moving and active in the house instead of sitting around doing lazy activities. Layer up with socks and sweaters while you’re inside. These activities don’t cost you anything. They’ll keep you warm. And you’ll save some money on the heating bills because the more heat you generate yourself the less heat your house will need to generate for your.
- Light a fire in the fireplace. If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace then make use of it this winter. Try to find scrap wood in your area instead of paying for firewood. If you don’t have a fireplace consider making a fire pit right outside your door (depending on how cold it is near you) or investing in a heating stove for the house. It’s an investment that will save you money over time.
- Use hot water wisely this winter. Many people forget that a big waste of energy during the winter goes to heating up the hot water for your home. Consider washing all clothes in cold water so that the washer doesn’t need to heat up. If you do need to wash clothes in warm water then do loads one after another so that it doesn’t take as much energy to heat up. Shower in succession for the same reason and keep your warm showers short. Be smart about your use of hot water and you’ll still stay warm without wasting a lot of money unnecessarily.
- Seal up any drafts in your home. This is one of the first rules of winterizing your home so get to it if you haven’t done it yet. It costs hardly anything at all to make sure that gaps around windows and doors are all sealed up. Your house will immediately feel warmer once you do this because there won’t be any cold air coming through anymore.
- Run a humidifier in your home. Did you know that humid air feels warmer? It doesn’t cost a lot of money to run a humidifier in your home (the initial cost will be the biggest investment) but it can go a long way towards making your house feel warmer.
- Set up warming winter decor. Sometimes you can make yourself feel a little bit warmer just by tricking some of your other senses. Light some warmly-scented candles. Bake a pumpkin pie. Use low lighting. Paint a room a darker, warmer, richer color. These things will all make your home feel warmer without necessarily warming it up physically at all. You’ll be surprised at how effective these little tricks are.
- Choose affordable meals that warm you up. You can also warm yourself up by eating the right foods in winter. Choose foods that get your body working to digest them and warm you up from the inside out. Chili, stews, anything spicy and thick foods are all great foods that will warm you up and still fit nicely into your normal grocery budget.
- Go somewhere warmer. Turn off the heat in your own house and head out into the cold. This may seem contradictory but it’s not as long as you head to a warm place. Find a favorite coffee shop or library or mall where you can spend hours enjoying your time and staying warm without paying a lot of money to be there. If you’re really lucky then find a warm destination to travel to for the winter that doesn’t cost a lot of money; South American cities are cheap to live in for a season and very warm during our winters.