Stay Warm with These 11 Economical Ideas

Regardless of the weather outside, a little resourcefulness and a few helpful pointers from Oli Fischer Survival Tips, and your home can always be more comfortable…

fireplace-300x228Winter is approaching and with it comes snow and cold weather. Many patriots are trying to find solutions on how to keep their homes warm, without spending unnecessary money.

With the nation’s aging power grid in bad condition, we cannot afford to rely on our home’s heating system. A snowstorm can easily take out your electric service for days. Remember last winter? Parts of Kansas, Montana, Massachusetts and several other sttes lost power at the most crucial time — during a winter storm.

  • Cover your windows with bubble wrap - Place a sheet of bubble wrap directly against the glass, it will remain in place. You can still see the light through the bubble wrap, but your windows will be much better insulated. Obviously, you may not want to do this to every window in your home.
  • Constrain your heated area – Close the heating vents and shut the doors to rooms in your home that you infrequently use. This will reroute more heated air into the rooms you are using, while reducing your heating costs.
  • Dress in layers – By wearing the proper attire you will keep your family warm, even when your heater isn’t running at full aptitude. There’s no reason to run your heater, spending hard-earned money, just so your family can dress like they’re at the beach.
  • Infrared space heaters – There are some highly efficient space heaters on the market, such as the EdenPURE that can keep large rooms warm, enabling you to turn down your thermostat throughout the rest of the house.
  • Eat well – Proper eating can elevate your body temperature and make you feel warmer.
  • Cook stews and crockpot dishes - Dishes that require boiling, or at least heating large volumes of water, release heat and humidity into the air.
  • Check your caulking and weather stripping - Don’t let warm air out or cold air in. You’d be shocked at how much heat escapes through badly sealed windows and doors.  Double check all of the caulking around your window frames, as well as the weather stripping around your doors and replace where necessary.
  • Keep a blanket handy - After sitting for an extended period of time, your body temperature will naturally decrease. By using a blanket when you sit on the couch, you can stay warm without having to modify the thermostat.
  • Stay active - Exercising during the winter is especially important, as it tends to be the time of year where everyone gets sluggish, plus you can take advantage of your body’s natural heating abilities. With just a few light exercises a couple of times each day, you can benefit from your increased metabolism in more ways than one.
  • Wear hats – The majority of your body’s heat is lost through your scalp. Eliminate the heat loss by wearing a hat. You create an extra layer of insulation that will keep your head from getting cold.
  • Eliminate wet clothing or hair - Evaporative cooling can work to lower your A/C bill in the summer, but it does the exact opposite in winter. Be sure to dry your hair completely upon leaving the shower and change out of wet clothing as soon as possible.

Do you have any low-cost heating advice?? Share it below in the comments section!

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