With heating costs on the rise, it’s tempting to avoid turning your heat on all together in order to save money on heating bills, but who wants to be a human Popsicle in their own house? Here are some creative (and some practical) ways to avoid or delay turning on your heat this winter.
Here are a few ideas that are a bit on the creative side:
1. Wear gloves and a hat and a scarf inside (boots probably aren’t necessary).
2. Exercise and get sweaty. Good luck getting moving when it’s so cold.
3. Catch a cold (and make sure it comes with a fever). This one may cause missed work days.
4. Go tanning and get burnt. Make sure you find the Aloe Vera first.
5. Take a hot bath. Be careful not to freeze as soon as you get out.
6. Wear slippers (and slipper socks). Be careful – your dog may think its play time.
7. Drink a hot beverage. Be sure it’s not too hot – a burnt tongue won’t help you stay warm.
8. Set your house on fire (this only works once). I wouldn’t recommend this choice.
9. Warm up with a hairdryer. Don’t try this on the dog – they tend to not like it.
10. Put some clothes on straight out of the dryer. Too bad this one doesn’t last long.
11. Go to someone else’s house and use their heat. You don’t even have to tell them why you’re coming over!
12. Go for a drive and crank up the heat in your car. Just don’t fall asleep.
13. Use the oven to cook dinner. Sticking your head or hands in the oven is not a good idea.
14. Cuddle up with someone (or with a pet). Although wet noses don’t help the cold situation.
And some ideas that are a bit more practical:
15. Seal up all drafts from doors and windows. You can use weather-stripping for doors and caulking for windows.
16. Replace old doors and windows with more energy efficient ones. This can also get you a tax write off.
17. Build a fire in your fireplace. This especially works if you have a fireplace insert.
18. Turn your thermostat down and turn on a space heater. Just make sure to unplug the heater when you leave. And if you want to use more than one, make sure your electrical system can handle it.
19. Seal unused windows with plastic. You can get this stuff really cheap at hardware store.
20. Use heavy curtains and close them during the evening to keep warmth in. Open them in the daytime to let sunlight and warmth in.
21. Buy an oil filled radiator heater to heat a single room. You can get one for about $50 and they can increase the temperature in a room by at least 10 degrees (and they don’t need re-filling). *Note- I bought one of these at Target recently and it has enabled us to refrain from turning on our oil heat as of yet. Even when it’s 30 degrees outside, our living room stays at a nice 70 from this heater alone.
22. Close the doors to unused rooms in your house to keep the heat in needed areas.
23. Use lots of blankets.
24. Buy lots of sweatshirts (and sweat pants).
25. Curl up under an electric blanket. Make sure you share.
There are a lot of alternatives to cranking up the heat. Spend a few moments thinking about ways you might be able to keep warm and you might find that your electric bill won’t be near as nasty as you expected.
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