With Heating Bills Going Up, Here Are 5 Easy Ways to Stay Warm
According to the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association (NEADA), it cost Americans an average of $2,291 to heat their homes with oil last season, and many experts are predicting that cost to be even higher this year. It is more important than ever to find easy ways to stay warm.
Cold temperatures wreak havoc on our bodies when we are not prepared. Our energy bills can go up and our moods can go down. It is no fun being cold. That is why it is so important to find easy ways to stay warm, even in the coldest months.
Share this information with friends, family and anyone you know who might be struggling with high heating costs this winter.
Wear several layers of warm clothing. To avoid feeling bulky, choose high-quality items specifically made to protect you from cold weather. Layering basics: You should have a base layer, a middle layer and an outer layer. The outer layer should consist of a warm coat made for winter temperatures.
Eat Warming Foods
According to Eat This, Not That! There are at least 6 common foods that can help regulate your body temperature and keep you warm when it is cold. One warming food happens to be bananas! Others include lean meats, whole grains and complex carbs, and spices that include cumin and ginger.
Get Old Fashioned
Fill up an old fashioned hot water bottle and slip in bed with you, under your coat when you are outside or on your lap when you are sitting at the computer or watching TV. A hot water bottle is a readily available, and it can be a safe and inexpensive way to keep you warm.
While we usually look for drafts in the obvious places like windows and doors, you could be losing more warmth from the hidden sources around your home. EnergyStar.gov recommends seeking out drafts and sealing them up in the following not-usually-thought-about places:
- Recessed lighting
- Stove vent fan
- Dryer vent
- Outdoor faucet
Keep it Closed
Close up closets, unused rooms and even your kitchen cabinets. This will help keep the heat where you want it in your home—near you and not your dishes. To take it a step further, turn off the vents in those unused rooms and use towels or a blanket to block air flow under the door.
Easy Ways to Stay Warm Infographic
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