Keep Warm This Winter Without a Massive Heating Bill
Being cold can be a pretty miserable feeling, which is why when those freezing temperatures hit, our first instinct is usually to rush over to the thermostat and turn it up. That warm relief we feel from a toasty household turns cold when we’re faced with an exorbitant heating bill, though. Here are a few easy ways you can stay warm this winter without racking up huge monthly costs.
Wear Cozy Clothes
Next time you feel like turning up the temperature on the thermostat, put a sweater on instead. There’s something so comforting and cozy about lounging around at home in a super soft sweater, so lean into that vibe and embrace plush fleece and chunky knits when you’re having a night in.
You’ll also definitely want to invest in a good pair of slippers. A lot of our body heat leaves through our feet, so bundle those babies up! Whether your preference is simple rubber-soled slides, fluffy bunnies, or knitted booties, wearing slippers around the house will make you feel significantly warmer and you won’t be feeling the urge to turn up the heat as often.
Add Area Rugs
Remember that thing we just said about heat escaping the body through your feet? Making your floor a little warmer helps with that.
Placing a few area rugs around the home will bring a lot of warmth to your floors, plus it’s a fun way to change up the look of your décor for the winter months. Any carpeting will help heat your feet, but for the coziest plush experience we recommend a fluffy faux sheepskin rug—this is especially nice by your bed to sink your feet into first thing in the morning, instead of onto a cold, hard floor.
Turn the Heat Down While You’re at Work
If nobody is going to be home for the day, there’s no need to leave your heat at the usual temperature. Turn it to a low setting when you leave and turn it back up when you get home. Keep in mind it is a good practice to turn the heat down, but not off. This is to prevent your pipes from freezing.
If your pipes do freeze and burst, call a professional right away! The longer you wait, the worse the damage will be.
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Switch to Warmer Bedding
Consider investing in two sets of bedding so you can transition between summer and winter temperatures. Pick a heavier-weight comforter or duvet for fall and winter, then switch to something lighter in the spring. If you still need a little extra warmth on colder nights, try using a hot-water bottle or microwavable heating pad to warm up your bed before tuck-in time.
Let the Sun in
Open your curtains or blinds on the side of the house that gets the most sun during the day (south or west) to let the sun spill through and warm things up. Keep all of the other windows covered for extra insulation on the colder sides of the house.
Use an Efficient Heating System
If your household heating system is outdated or nearing the end of its lifespan, it is costing you more money than it should be. Consider upgrading to a new high-efficiency model and look into more modern heating systems like combi boilers and radiant in-floor heating.
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