When you are feeling chilly on a cold day, it can be tempting to crank up the heat to stay warm. However, turning up the thermostat makes heating bills go up, too. You can keep heating bills down and help with fuel costs by learning to stay warm on a cold day without touching the thermostat setting.
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Step 3Pull on a hat. The top of your head lets a lot of heat out. If you're still feeling chilly, grab a stocking hat and put it on. You may not look like a fashion statement, but you'll feel toasty.
Step 4Use handwarmers. For chilled hands, a pair of driving gloves with handwarmers tucked inside can warm things up fast. I prefer to use my own handwarmers over the kind you buy and use up. I just make little flannel pillows that I fill with rice instead of fiberfil and then microwave them to heat them up. I made a neckwarmer, too.
Step 5Wear your slippers. In particularly cold rooms, such as a sun room with a tile floor, socks aren't enough to keep away the chill. Keep a pair of slippers in rooms like this so you can keep your feet warm while you are in the rooms.
Step 7Keep moving. Sitting still and vegging out in front of the tv isn't just a time waster and creativity killer. If you sit still, you get chilled more quickly than if you're moving around and burning calories. Now you have an even bigger incentive to hop on the treadmill this winter!
Once you are prepared to stay warm on a cold day, you will still want to adjust your thermostat, but, instead of turning it up, you'll be wondering how low you can go without freezing your pipes. I kept my thermostat at 50 degrees when I lived in a city row home and was nice and cozy all winter long.
Tips & WarningsWhen you are cold, dressing in clothing made with natural fibers is better than dressing in clothing made with man made fibers. Natural fibers pull sweat away from your body and help you stay dry, warm and comfortable.
If you feel really warm and do decide to turn your thermostat down, be sure that pipes on outside walls are well insulated and that they stay warm enough with lower temperatures. You don't want to save on fuel and then find yourself spending all of the savings and then some to repair your plumbing.