6 Creative and Cost-Effective Ways to Stay Warm this Winter

6 Creative and Cost-Effective Ways to Stay Warm this Winter

Our homes take on a special significance in the winter. Not only are they where we lay our heads every night, but they also shelter us from the cold, snow and other extreme weather that the winter can bring. However, keeping your habitat heated throughout the entire cold season can be a costly proposition, especially for senior living communities that house a large number of residents. Fortunately, cranking the heat isn’t the only option. Here are some ways to raise the temperature indoors without also raising the utility bill.

  1. Dress in layers
    This advice is an oldie but a goodie. Adding on extra layers of clothing in the winter is one of the simplest and most common measures you can take to keep warm without touching the thermostat. This strategy is useful not just for staying warm but also for keeping your temperature at a comfortable level so you don’t overheat. It’s important to keep your core temperature up, and the layering means that you can incrementally cool down as needed by removing pieces.
  2. Keep the doors closed
    You probably weren’t raised in a barn, so you’ve got no reason to keep your interior doors open as you travel from room to room. In fact, keeping doors to unused rooms closed as frequently as possible is a low-cost way to keep your home toasty. As The Huffington Post noted, this serves a dual function. First, it can keep cold air from vacant rooms from seeping into your occupied corridors and bedrooms. On the flip side, closed doors also prevent warmer air from escaping and diffusing across a larger area.
  3. Watch your step
    Your feet can be sneaky perpetrators responsible for much of that indoor winter chill. Even with the heat on, walking barefoot across hardwood or tile flooring that conducts cold air can give anyone a shiver. If you’re able to do so, cover hardwood floors with blankets or carpeting where possible. It’s also a great reason to invest in a new pair of comfy bunny slippers to wear around the home.
  4. Make your sheets seasonal
    We all like to pile on the blankets on a cold winter night, but as The Huffington Post noted, what you’re sleeping on can be just as important a factor as what you’re sleeping under when it comes to staying warm. Substituting your regular cotton sheets for warm flannel ones can turn your bed into a true toasty retreat. You can also add a down comforter or wool blanket to the outer layer for greater effect.
  5. Get cooking
    If you’ve ever strolled into a kitchen while a meal is being cooked, you know just how warm it can get with the oven and stove all going at the same time. During the winter, why not use this to your advantage? Fire up the stove, put some side dishes on the burner and you’ll be generating heat in no time. Additionally, cooking is a great source of physical activity – all the moving around will help you generate body heat and keep you warm in and of itself. As an added bonus, you end up with a delicious meal to share with family and friends.
  6. Let the sun shine in
    Even in the dead of winter, the sun is still a great source of warmth. On sunny days, be sure and open your curtains or blinds so that its warming rays can shine into your home and help heat things up. Of course, you’ll need to make sure that you open the curtains on windows in your home that face the sun, which will change throughout the day. Also remember to close the curtains again at night when the sun dips and temperatures drop.