Call me frugal, cheap or lazy, but each winter I do everything I can to stay warm without turning the heat on. I’ve been known to sleep in layers upon layers of blankets, just to avoid turning that dial. Last January, Bargain Babe listed 11 Ways to Keep Warm Without Turning the Heat On. Here’s 9 more for a grand total of twenty.
9 More Ways to Stay Warm Without Turning the Heat On:
- Use a humidifier: The more moisture that is in the air, the warmer it will feel. If you don’t have a humidifier, leave the bathroom fan off during and after a shower.
- Take a bath: A warm bath before bed will not only heat up your body, but relax your muscles and mind, sending you off on a cozy night’s sleep.
- Go old school: A few years ago, I found a vintage hot water bottle and use it to warm the bed in the winter. Etsy has a ton of adorable handmade hot water bottle covers, so your old-fashioned warmer will look like new.
- Wear a hat: It might look silly, but hopefully no one is watching when you sleep. Layer up with fleece pj’s and a stocking cap to keep warm body heat where it belongs – in your body!
- Line curtains with fleece fabric: You don’t have to be crafty for this quick fix. Buy fleece fabric and cut to just slightly smaller than your curtains. Safety pin (or sew, for a more permanent solution) the fabric to the back of your curtains to for an extra layer of insulation and to keep drafts out.
- Check your insulation: A quick look inside your attic can let you know if your house is properly insulated, or if bare spots are keeping you chilly. Use this insulation guide to help you figure out what type if best for your home.
- Let Fido on the bed: This one is hearsay, because I don’t have a dog. Apparently, your four-legged friend can radiate a lot of heat, keeping you both warm throughout the night. It might be against the rules, but it’s good to walk on the wild side every so often.
- Turn on the fan: I know it sounds like the opposite of what you’d want to do to get warm, but trust me. Heat rises, so running ceiling fans in reverse pushes warm air back down to the ground.
- Fill in the gaps: Block drafts with weather stripping, rolled up towels or draftstoppers. Use this guide to sealing and insulating your home from Energy Star for tips on how to get started.