With rising fuel costs and an increased concern for the environment, many people are turning down their thermostats and finding alternative ways to stay warm. Gas and electric heaters as well as oil burners consume a lot of money and there are cheaper ways to stay warm in the house with a little ingenuity.
One way is to really weatherproof your home, make sure the doors and windows are properly sealed and insulated. Drafty old homes consume a lot of excess heat. Sealing leaks and doors and keeping windows air tight can keep heat in and drafts out, thereby saving on heating costs because you don’t have to produce as much heat to keep a home warm.
There are many other preventative measures and practical tips for staying warm without heat. Putting up curtains and putting down a rug can block drafts and make floors warmer. Insulating attics and crawl spaces also allow for more heat to be held inside the home.
If you decide to keep the thermostat down, dress for warmth around the house. Wearing a hat indoors can be just as beneficial as wearing one outdoors in winter as a majority of your natural body heat escapes from your head. Dressing in layers and wearing socks around the house should keep you warm enough so you don’t have to turn up the heat.
Getting active and moving around, exercising also helps. A good twenty minute workout produces body heat and keeps you warm long after your exercise session has ended. Cooking is also a good way to raise the temperature in the house. The heat generated by an oven and the steam generated by cooking raises the moisture level in your home and humidity holds heat well. Keeping the oven door open after cooking can also generate some extra heat for a home.
When planning ahead for the winter months, be sure that as much sunlight as possible hits your home. Check and see if there are any barriers that deflect sunlight and remove them. The sun is a great natural source of warmth so remove anything that is blocking it from getting in your house. Some people put a dark rug in a sunny area of their house to absorb as much heat as possible. A dark rug will absorb the sun’s heat and help keep a room warm.
Drinking warm fluids, burning candles and using a hot water bottle or an old sock that your fill with beans or dried corn that you microwave can serve as a personal heater. Whether you have made a conscious decision to turn the heat down, or your heat is down because of a malfunction, it’s important to get creative and find ways to stay warm. A cold house is never comfortable, but there are ways to stay warm without a heating system.