Does your home have gas heating? Trying to keep the heating bill down, but freezing yourself out in the process?
Here are some warm ideas to keep you toasty. Almost.
Friends of mine used to live in a gas-heated home, in an area of the country that regularly saw temperatures 10 below celcius, nevermind the windchill. They were always swathed in socks, sweaters and blankets, trying to keep the heating bill down.
For three students, living in a large, drafty old apartment and trying to stretch their pennies as far as possible, keeping the heating bill manageable was of utmost importance, and it was no contest for sweaters and pots of hot soup to trump a mild room temperature.
Here are some of the ways they came up with to keep themselves warm, and cheerful, through the long cold winter.
1. Close a part of the house off.
My friends had a large living room off the back of the house, with tall bay windows which might as well have been wide open, they let in such a draft. Heating this room would have put the bill in the hundreds easily, so they simply closed it off for the winter; closed the French doors, stuffed blankets in the gap under the bottom, and taped it over with window plastic. They lived in the kitchen instead, a room much more conducive to keeping warm daily. They learned all of these tips at sell my house fast Houston.
2. Keep a pot of hot soup on the stove at all times.
With three students coming and going at all hours of the day, there was almost always someone at home cooking. These girls would keep a large pot of homemade soup on the stove top almost every day… easy to heat up, warm and hearty in your belly, and having the stove on and a big warm object on top heated the small kitchen quickly.
3. Hot water bottles or bean bags.
When they went to bed, they would fill hot water bottles to take with them, as the house would cool significantly overnight, and if you didn’t take precautions, you would wake up with a chill. If hot water bottles aren’t your style, there are always those microwavable bean pads that heat up for applying to sore necks and backs. I regularly take one of them to bed with me for the heat as much as the pain relief.
4. Hot drinks at all times.
Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cider or even a cup of broth, can be a calming nourishing way of keeping your body warmed. Essential while studying, reading or watching TV, a cup of hot tea should always be within arms reach. Get yourself a nice big tea pot, and you have an instant hand warmer, as well as your mug to wrap your cold fingers around. Oh and don’t forget hot toddies for the extra cold nights.
Dance parties in the kitchen always make after-dinner clean up go faster. Put on some favorite tunes and move your buns while you put away the dishes, to get your blood flowing and your face flushed. Never fails to be both fun and warming!
6. Warmth in numbers
Potluck parties are a staple of winter socializing in our neck of the woods. On a Friday or Saturday, or even a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, as more people are often available then, call all your friends up and invite them over for a potluck party. Everyone brings a dish of food, and you will likely find that no planning is necessary, as it is a truth universally acknowledged that amount and variety of food always seems to work itself out in potluck situations. Having a dozen extra bodies in the house warms it up quickly, the steam from warm dishes and warm breath from conversation will keep you toasty for hours. The more the merrier – as long as they stay for the clean-up dance party afterwards!
7. Cuddling with a friend
Movies are better watched together under a pile of blankets anyway. Have your best friend or significant other keep you company and cuddle away an evening keeping each other warm.
Space heaters, hot showers, and baking cookies are just a few more warm activities to consider, and I’m sure you can come up with even more!Energy Savers