Keeping warm in the cold

I believe most of the country is shivering today. We’re located in what most call the “Deep South,” and there’s snow on the ground. The temperature is expected to dip into the single digits this evening.

When it gets like this, many businesses in our area close. More people stay home and crank up the thermostat, and try to forget about the huge bill that will arrive at the end of the month.

There are alternative ways to stay warmer in this super cold weather that won’t break the bank or do more damage to the environment.

Bake. We are cereal for breakfast, sandwich for lunch people. If there are leftovers, we’ll microwave them. Today, I baked something in the oven. Once the meal was out of the oven, we cracked the oven door and let it warm up the house while it cooled down. We got a warm, tasty meal and a warmer home because of this.

Wear layers. I wrote a post on this last winter, but it’s definitely worth writing again. The easiest way to stay warm is to wear several layers of clothes. I’m wearing a long-sleeved t-shirt under a sweatshirt and leggings under my pants. It’s not the prettiest outfit, but it keeps me warm without costing us lots of money. This way, everyone can dress to his or her desired level of warmth.

We also have throw blankets in most rooms. This is mainly because I’m always cold, but my son used one this morning to warm up after frolicking in the snow.

Another option is to lock yourself in a section of your house. We are lucky to live in a house that was added on to. The addition has a bathroom and a door. It also happens to be where we keep all of the toys and a TV. We turned down the heat for the rest of the house, brought in necessities — diapers, water and a space heater — and shut the door.

Our little nook is nice and toasty (possibly a little too toasty for some) and the heat isn’t constantly on.

If your house isn’t laid out this way, you can simply close the vents in rooms that you don’t use and then shut those doors. That way your heater won’t be heating those empty rooms.

Any other tips to help us stay warm without cranking up the thermostat?


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