I am writing this post in the middle of the fall, at the beginning of November when the temperatures in our mid-Atlantic region are already in the 20’s at night and freezing during the day. I’m a Florida girl, and these temps this early in the season make me want to hibernate for the next 3-4 months. Worse, we have a heat pump, and those don’t work too well when the weather is below freezing, so we have to look for other ways to keep warm during the winter months without turning on that costly auxiliary heat. Here are some tips to stay warm while keeping your energy bills as low as possible this season.
- Replace weatherstripping if necessary.
- Seal windows and other gaps in your home where cold winds enter and steal your warmth.
- Use heavy curtains over curtains and French and sliding glass doors to keep the drafts out. That said, open curtains on sun-facing windows during the day so that you can harness the warming power of the sun.
- Dress warmly even when you’re indoors. Buy yourself a cute hoodie and adorable socks if you have to, but keep your body parts covered.
- Put extra quilts, blankets, and throws on your beds and on your chairs, couch, or blanket ladder. I used to recommend an electric blanket, but I hate washing those things, and they can be dangerous. A better option is using a hot water bottle or a heated gel pack or rice bag to warm your bedsheets before you climb in for the night.
- Partake in warm food and drinks. Nothing is better in this weather than a nice pot of comforting chili. I’ve found that S’mores oatmeal and cookies and cream oatmeal are pretty lovely breakfasts, and I don’t get started on these cool days until I’ve had a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows.
- Consider placing draft blockers at the bottom of some of your doors. We have one on the basement door.