There may be a snowy spell on the way, but with these hacks to stay warm, there's no need to sweat about wracking up a huge heating bill. Check out the list below for a few ways you can stay toasty this winter.
1. Apply layers.
Layering up is a great way to keep out the cold. Get on your old sweater, bundle up in a blanket, and get those gloved hands on the remote. Dig out that hot-water bottle for extra warmth.
2. Embrace hat hair.
There's no shame in embracing hat hair this month, since wearing a hat around the house will help you retain more body heat.
3. Open adjoining doors.
Keep doors that adjoin rooms wide open, as this will help to circulate heat rather than block it from warming up your entire space.
4. Block drafts.
Keep those blinds and curtains closed tight nice and early, this way your house is better insulated.
5. Utilize your oven.
Recycle the heat from your oven by keeping the door slightly ajar for 10 to 15 minutes after you’ve cooked your dinner and turned it off. Learn how to save money and energy in your kitchen.
6. Shower up.
By switching off the ventilation fan and leaving the bathroom door open, you can apply the same rule to showering. Humid air is warm air. Learn how to reduce condensation on your windows and walls.
7. Get crafty.
If you're feeling creative, you can make a homemade draft blocker with a needle and thread, some old material, some tights, and cotton stuffing.
8. Make your own hand warmers.
Makeshift hand warmers couldn’t be easier. Fill a pair of old socks with uncooked rice and tie up the ends, then place them in the microwave for a minute or two and voila, your very own hand and bed warmers are ready.
9. Don't over-do it.
They say it's not good to go food shopping when hungry, and the same rule applies for setting the heating when you're cold. Go two degrees lower than your first setting, you'll probably find that's still plenty.
10. Be social.
The best way of all to save is by not heating your house at all. So to achieve that warm fuzzy feeling by getting out of the house and visit loved ones — stealing their lovely heat is merely a bonus.
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