Winter. It’s cold, windy, and those temperatures are only going to drop when the sun goes down. Most homeowners walk that tightrope all season long, they don’t want to freeze in their homes but they also aren’t too keen on paying hundreds of dollars more in energy bills for the next few months, regardless of where they’re located on the propane and heating oil delivery map.
So if you can’t crank the heat and sitting there shivering is no alternative, what exactly can you do?
Fortunately, you have options. Some of which aren’t going to cost you a thing while others will have a financial impact that is far less expensive than turning up the thermostat as the stars come out. You just need to think outside of the box and rely on additional sources of heat that can just as effectively warm your home.
Don’t just sit there with your teeth chattering. Take a look at these helpful hints for keeping your house warm at night without adjusting the thermostat.
This is an old trick that your parents probably told you to do when you were living under their roof. When it got cold outside, your dad might have instructed you to put on a sweater or a jacket instead of turning up the heat in the house.
He was on to something there as layering up with a hoodie, an extra shirt. Anything that will make you feel comfortable and cozy is a cost-free alternative to turning the heat on in the dead of night.
Whether you’re sitting on the couch watching TV, lounging in your favorite arm-chair with a book, or you’re just headed up to bed to go to sleep, a blanket can provide you with that additional layer of warmth that will be far less expensive than burning your heating oil.
So if there’s a chill outside, drape your favorite blanket over your legs or lay one or two across your bed for that extra warmth in the middle of the night as your natural body heat gets trapped and contained underneath, keeping you nice and cozy.
Taking a Shower or Bath
Sure, hopping into a hot water can be a great way to warm you up when you need to get out of the cold. Maybe you need to relax after a long, stressful day and your bathroom is a place of quiet respite for doing just that.
But when you’re done in the shower or your bath, open the bathroom door to let that warm moist air that’s emerged from the running of your hot water into the other rooms of the house. If your bathroom is next to the bedroom, then both rooms can share the elevated temperature in the air.
After all, you’ve paid to heat that water (and the air in the bathroom as a result) get the most use out of it as you can!
Cover the Windows
Your choice of window covering can also play an important role in helping you maintain the heat you have managed to generate in various rooms of the house. Glass is a lousy insulator and conduction of heat through your windows can bring the temperature down fast in any room of the house.
But hanging thick curtains over the windows can greatly reduce the rate of conduction to help prevent the heat from escaping and allowing you to enjoy it for far longer. Alternative window treatments such as vertical or horizontal blinds and sun shades will not be as effective at this task as they leave too much of the window glass exposed.
The oven in your kitchen is all too often overlooked as a reliable source of heat in your home. But before we go any further here, no I am not suggesting that you use the oven as a way to heat the house.
What am I suggesting is that you use it for the intended purpose of which it was installed. So grab a frozen pizza, throw in a chicken, bake a blueberry pie, make something for dinner or dessert and let that process take its natural course.
You’ll soon notice that the temperature in the kitchen will rise from the heat coming off the oven and the place will smell pretty great as well.
But when you’re done using the oven and you turn it off, do not shut the door. Let the oven cool naturally by allowing that wonderful warm air escape into the kitchen and the other adjoining rooms.