By H Hope
It’s important to stay warm in the winter. Yet, one major problem is staying warm is also keeping the heating cost from breaking your budget. There are a couple of simple ways to keep in the heat and even reduce the amount of heating you use.
Brrr! It’s starting to get cold out there this time of year. I really hope none of my readers are using a gas heating system this year. Prices are rising and it just seems like the weather is getting colder than ever.
I’ve felt the cold winds blowing in my apartment and an empty wallet before. Never fear there are effective and green ways for you to stay warm during the cold months and maybe ease the strain on your wallet some.
As an apartment dweller, I have recently found one of the easiest ways to keep warm by moving into an apartment complex with free heat. My complex has an old steam heat system that is run through all of the buildings. It works via a boiler that heats water under pressure causing it to turn into steam and move through the pipes in the buildings. I’m a little leery of the idea of boilers so have an apartment that’s well away from the boiler room. Plus, the boiler still needs to be heated with gas or electric so it still costs the complex some money. Still a boiler is very efficient and can use less energy once started because the water tends to retain the heat.
To help my apartment stay warm I’ve got a couple of extra things I do to keep in the heat. These are simple practices that you can implement in your own home to keep in the heat and cut down on the electric bill.
Cover all Windows and Open Areas
This may seem obvious but a lot of people don’t bother to keep their windows covered during cold weather. Most of the heat loss in a home is due to drafts and small cracks around areas like windows and doors.
Put up nice heavy curtains on all the windows and pick up a storm window kit too. The kits come with a heavy plastic sheeting that you can tape around all the windows to provide an extra layer of insulation. The sheeting is clear so it won’t interfere with the view or the sunlight coming into your home.
Wear Appropriate Clothing
It’s winter, go shopping and get yourself the appropriate clothing. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve seen walking around in flip-flops during November. Get out your socks and boots, sweaters and even the flannel lined jeans. Always, always wear socks and slippers around the house during winter. They’ll keep your toes warm and take edge off a cold floor.
Throw an extra blanket on the Bed
At night, your body systems slow down during sleep. So, what seemed like an okay temperature during the day suddenly seems way to cold. During the winter, I have a nice fleece blanket on my bed and it works wonders at keeping me toasty.
Use Hot Water Bottles
Heat up a hot water bottle in the microwave or some socks filled with dried rice or beans. You can slip them in between the sheets of your bed to warm up the covers before you go to bed for the night. You can also use them during the day to keep warm while watching television or keep your tootsies warm. Just remember to move the heat pads every ten to fifteen minutes to another body part. Also, remove the hot water bottles from your bed when you are getting into bed so you don’t fall asleep with them in the bed.
Get some Rugs
No, I’m not saying you should get a wig to stay warm during the winter. Anyone with wood, tile or linoleum flooring knows that it can be cold, even a carpet floor radiates some cold during the winter. You can’t go wrong with a few area rugs placed on the floors. They’ll keep your feet off the cold tiles and add an extra layer of insulation to the home.
Check Your Insulation
Homeowners, be sure to go through your house and check to make sure you’ve got insulation in all the right places. Keep your pipes insulated, check the attic to make sure it has enough insulation to keep the heat in and even close off rooms you aren’t using in the winter. You can close the registers in those areas you aren’t using during the winter and even hang up blankets in the hallways or across the doorways to block out the cold.
Following these simple methods for staying warm can keep even an apartment dweller safe and toasty in the colder months to come. Plus, the less fuel you use to heat the more you are helping the environment. It’s wintertime, so snuggle up!
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