My husband makes fun of me because I’m always bundled up, even in the summer. (He loves to tell the story about me sitting by the gas logs inside when it was 89 degrees outside!) So when winter comes around I have to get really creative when it comes to staying warm.
If you are anything like me and want to stay warm this winter without busting your heat bill budget, try a few of these inexpensive tips to stay warm.
Clean like you’ve never cleaned before.
I know, I know. You are probably not thrilled that my first recommendation is for you to go on a cleaning spree. But, hear me out. When you clean, blood starts pumping through your body which, in turn, heats you up. Now, I’m all for rest, but instead of lounging around shivering this winter, be productive and warm at the same time. Plus if you deep clean your home now, it may save you some valuable time during the next Spring Cleaning season!
Use the dryer.
While you’re in the cleaning mood, wash pillows, blankets, comforters and anything else that may not be in your usual routine. Then, use your dryer during the coolest part of the day. You’ll have a clean home plus you’ll be warm from the dryer heat.
Use the self-cleaning option on your oven.
Speaking of random cleaning tasks, winter is the time to use the self-cleaning feature on your oven. Oven temps can raise to over 600 °F so you definitely don’t want to use the self-cleaning feature during the warmer months. Instead, save that task for the colder months so it can work with your home furnace or heater instead of against it.
Cook, cook, and cook some more.
Once your oven is clean, you might as well use it, right? Try out new recipes or get ahead on your baking.
Rotate your ceiling fan.
If you have them, rotate your ceiling fans to reduce your gas and electric bill. In the winter months, you want the blades to turn counterclockwise (this looks clockwise when looking up towards the fan) so you don’t feel the breeze.
Wear wool hiking socks around the house.
Several years ago my husband got into hiking. He and his friends would hike and camp out for days in the cold. (I personally don’t get that hobby but to each his own I guess!) Well, he learned that a good pair or wool socks can go a long way when it comes to saying warm. And, I’ve since learned the same thing since I claimed those socks as my own to wear around the house! Paying $20 for a wool pair of socks almost seems crazy to me but I’ve learned buying a good pair of wool socks is much cheaper than spending $400 on a heat bill each month.
Dress in layers.
Dressing in layers may seem like an obvious way to keep warm but so often we neglect this step at home. It’s one thing to add a few layers when we go outside but it’s completely different when we’re hanging out inside. Of course, we’d prefer to not be bundled so heavily we can’t move so, that’s why I’m a big fan of thin, warm clothing like cuddle duds. The fabric is thin enough to go unnoticed under almost any other clothing so the extra layer doesn’t bulk you up!
I like to be snuggle warm when I’m sleeping so this blanket is one of my favorites! It’s thin so it doesn’t bulk up the bed coverings, it is super soft, and it’s so warm that we don’t even need to keep the heat very high at night. It doesn’t matter which blanket you have because there are tons of great ones available, but using a blanket (or 2 or 3) is a great way to reduce your heating expenses while staying warm.
Install a programmable thermostat.
Installing a programmable thermostat will cost you some money up front, but you will most definitely recoup the cost in a short while. It will allow you to adjust the heat on a preset schedule by lowering the temperature when you’re not home or sleeping and raising the temperature when you’re home. It would be well worth the time and investment to install a programmable thermostat.
Sip a hot drink.
Thanks to Maria’s comment below I’m editing this post to include a very helpful tip…Sip a hot drink. If you’re going to lounge around and read a few blogs you might as well stay warm and full at the same time. Plus, drinking something like hot tea will help eliminate the need to much on food. That may not be a problem for you but I’m all about finding ways to cut out the munching!
What other tricks do you have for staying warm in the winter and/or reducing your heat bill?
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