To this point Regina has been blessed with a fairly mild winter. But soon the Arctic cold front which comes down every year will be on us. Bringing with it the annual drastic drop in temperature and mornings of frozen windshield wiper blades.
Rather than instinctively turning up the thermostat and increasing household heating costs, below are 20 inexpensive ways to keep warm during the coldest part of winter.
1 Seal around windows and doors – Caulking is something recommended by all the experts. I prefer Packing Tape. It goes easily around the corners, comes off well in springtime, and is available at most dollar stores. Clean the edges of your windows and doors with rubbing alcohol first to get a better seal.
2 Open your curtains – On south facing windows during the daytime to let in the sun and close them when the sun goes down to keep the heat in.
3 Cover your windows – If you don’t have foam backed curtains, blankets will work. Kirsten at Restored Style has an awesome tutorial to show you how to make some really cute, inexpensive, and easy ones.
Doors and Floors
4 Keep furniture, curtains, toys, carpets etc from covering the vents.
5 Vacuum out your heating vents – Remove the covers and pop your vacuum hose down the pipe a few inches.
6 Put your ceiling fan in reverse – This will blow the air up and push the warm, risen air towards your outer walls and back down towards the floor.
7 Use throw rugs on wood, tile or vinyl floors.
8 Seal door drafts – Roll throw rugs up and lay the roll in front of your doors to keep the drafts from coming through the bottom. It doesn’t need to be pretty.
9 Turn down your thermostat – Lower it by a couple of degrees when you go bed and put it back up again in the morning.
10 Change your furnace filters – This should be done monthly during the cold season to keep the air flowing freely. Be sure to point the arrow in the right direction for proper air flow.
11 Use a warm air humidifier – This will warm up your home’s ambient temperature and keep the air from becoming too dry while your furnace is running more often.
12 Close off vents in unused rooms – Inexpensive vinyl covers can be found at the hardware store or use something that wont catch fire to do the trick.
13 Plug your electrical outlets – Particularly the ones on exterior walls let in a cool breeze. You can check this by holding a piece of tissue close to the outlet. In Regina we know about cold, windy days! Putting child safety plugs in the unused outlets keeps a lot of the wind from blowing through. These are available at the dollar stores.
14 Insulate around exterior pipes – A can of insulation spray foam will block cold air from around pipes and things that lead out of your home. Follow the directions carefully, it can get messy. We used DAPtex plus Multi-Purpose Foam Sealant from Home Depot.
15 Warm your bed up before crawling in – A hot water bottle will work. You can also fill a clean cotton sock with rice, tie a knot at the top and pop it in the microwave for 1-1/2 to 2 minutes to warm up. Just tuck it under the sheets a few minutes before you crawl in.
*** Quick Note *** You can also throw the rice filled sock into the freezer for a quick grab ice pack.
16 Use fleece or flannel bedding – It will keep you cozy by retaining your own body heat. Alternatively, add a wool or fleece blanket under your sheets. They stay in place pretty good tucked in with your fitted sheet or you can hold it in place with sheet hooks found at the dollar store.
17 Wear an extra layer or two – A pair of socks with a hoodie, a wool sweater or your housecoat will keep you warmer.
18 Throw blankets are a blessing in the winter – Grab yourself a snuggle partner and stay extra cozy.
19 Hang out in the kitchen while dinner is cooking – The stove and oven are also sources of extra heat.
20 A warm cup of cocoa, coffee, tea or soup will warm you from the inside.
This is just a small list of 20 ideas that can help you stay a little warmer this winter without burning your budget.
We are renters. There are more permanent things that can be done to your home if you own it. I would appreciate you sharing some of those things with us in the comments.
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I am not a professional or licensed anything. The information in this post is for informational and entertainment purposes only.