Winter is filled with a lot of fun. But now that the holidays have passed, you’re left with cold weather and energy bills that are bound to shoot through the roof. As the temperature continues to drop, you’ll be left paying an arm and a leg to keep your house warm. Or, you’re going to have to sit and suffer through the cold. You shouldn’t have to compromise your warmth just because you can’t afford the bill.

Thankfully, there are a lot of options that don’t require you to crank your home’s thermostat all hours of the day. You could always live the snowbird life and rent a home someplace warm, but if that’s not an option for you, here are some tips for staying comfortable this winter.

Use An Electric Blanket

If you work a full time job, there’s no sense in warming your house during the day. Of course, when you come home from work, you want your house to be comfortable, but if you get yourself an electric blanket, you could just cozy up with some sweats, keep your home at a temperature of 65 degrees, as to not hike your heat bill, and spend your evenings tucked away in your bed. Maybe it’s not ideal, but it’s an option. For times when you’re not in bed, you could always tap into the next option...

Use Warming Bags

Again, if you’re working all day, don’t spend your hard earned money heating an empty house. Instead, get yourself one, two, or even three warming bags filled with corn feed or rice, and pop them in the microwave for two or three minutes. If you’re cuddling up on the couch, stick a bag over your toes and keep one over your abdomen - you’ll be snug as a bug in a rug for virtually no cost at all. 

Use Towels and Curtains to Block Drafty Areas

No matter how nice of a house you have, there are going to be areas that tend to be pretty drafty. This is especially true if you have a lot of windows that are single pane, or if you have doors with less than stellar seals. The solution to this problem can be easy, though. When you come in from a long day at work, take a towel and put it in front of the cracks under your doors where drafts are likely to come in. For windows, hang heavy curtains and keep them closed. You can also tack blankets over the windows for the same effect.

Close Vents to Unused Areas of the House

If you’re going to turn on your heat during the winter, you should locate all the vents in your house and make sure that the ones that lead to unused areas of the house are closed. If you spend all your time your room, why heat the basement? By doing this, you’re redirecting the air to flow to the areas of the house where somebody can actually take advantage of the heat. It’s a simple fix that will make a huge difference.

Get An Efficient Space Heater

Since heating an entire home has the tendency to be expensive, sometimes the better option is to buy an efficient space heater to heat the space you actually spend your time in. Efficient is the key word here - sometimes space heaters can cost a bundle to run, but if you do your research and get one that uses little energy, you’ll be in good shape. You can still use the blanket or curtain trick in your windows and put a towel under the door so that the heat you are creating doesn’t escape to other areas of the house, but with these tricks, you should be cozy for the rest of the winter of 2017.

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