Stay Comfortable and Save Energy
It’s getting colder and if you’re using electricity to heat your home this winter, you may see a rise in prices. Our heating service experts have some tips on how to stay warm without heat, so you can turn your thermostat down and save some money.
1. Layer up.
When you dress in layers, you probably won’t even notice that your home is colder than usual. Try warm wool socks, thick sweatpants, thermal shirts, and fleece hoodies. You can also invest in a warm hat and slippers.
2. Use heavy curtains.
If you have thin curtains on your windows, replace them with curtains of a heavier material or curtains made to insulate. You’ll block the chilly drafts that often seep in through your window cracks.
3. Light candles.
Candles not only give off heat, but they add a homey feel and smell great – just don’t leave them unattended and remember to extinguish them before you go to bed.
4. Make a home-cooked meal.
Use your oven to make a nice dinner for you and your family. You’ll warm up the kitchen and you’ll get to enjoy a nice meal.
5. Close doors.
Close the door to any room that you’re not using. That way, you’ll create an extra barrier between you and your home’s outside walls. You’ll also trap whatever heat you have in the area you’re in.
6. Reverse your ceiling fans.
Heat rises, so when you run your ceiling fans in reverse, you’ll push the room’s warm air down toward the ground.
7. Drink warm beverages.
Warm beverages like coffee, tea, or hot cocoa will warm up your body temperature (not to mention your hands when they hold the mug).
8. Harvest sunlight.
The sun is warmest between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., so pay attention to where it hits your house in that time frame. Then, trim back any tree branches or bushes that may prevent the sun from hitting your home.
What’s your favorite way to stay warm when it’s cold outside?