Turn up the Heat and Lower your Heating Bill

Amy Chan

With gas and electric prices constantly on the rise, everyone’s on the lookout for ways to stay warm without spending a fortune by cranking up the heat. From cozying up by the fire to wearing extra layers, here’s a look at some of the best ways to stay warm this winter without turning up the heat.

Snuggle up under a blanket. Rather than just turning up the heat, try to put a blanket on your lap. Whether you’re watching a movie, sending emails for work, or even sitting at the dining room table, a throw blanket will quickly warm you up.

Eat something warm. Soups, stews, chili, and even baked good are perfect cold weather food. Having something warm in your tummy will keep you warm for a long time.

Sip tea. Drinking something warm while you’re at home will help you to feel warmer. So whether you’re a coffee drinker, a tea fan, or a connosieur of hot cocoa, you have a great excuse to partake in your favorite warm beverage.

Cover your floors. Bare floors create much colder homes. Rugs, carpets, and even towels put down in the bathroom will help insulate your floor and keep your feet from touching such cold surfaces, making you automatically warmer.

Wear socks. You’ll be surprised how much warmer you are just by wearing socks around the house instead of going barefoot. While any socks will help, a thick sock is best and of course, fuzzy, cozy ones never hurt either.

Double up. Wear layers. Two pairs of socks, two long sleeved shirts, long underwear underneath your clothes, whatever you have. You’ll stay warm and toasty and when you wear two instead of just one.

Cover your heard. Your body loses a great deal of heat from your head, so wearing a hat, even inside can make a huge difference. If you don’t want to wear a hat indoors, try a scarf or even just drape a blanket over your head while you’re sitting on the couch. Keeping your head and feet covered is one of the greatest keys to staying warm.

Try fingerless gloves. Wearing gloves indoors can be a nightmare. You can’t use your fingers to do all the things you want and need to do. Try cutting the fingers out of an old pair of gloves (or buy a pair that are already fingerless, if you prefer) and you’ll keep your hands warm but still be able to use them for typing, cooking, holding your coffee mug, or answering the phone.

Turn on the dryer. Towels and clothes straight from your dryer will definitely warm you up. And an added bonus is that if your dryer is not in a basement, but upstairs, having it turned on will help warm the house.

Open your curtains. Opening your curtains every day and allowing the sun in will help warm your entire house. You’ll be shocked how much warmer it feels to allow the sunlight in.