I know it is pretty darn warm - hot - in many, many places. Let us just say - it really will be chilly and cooler much sooner than we think. Times flies - and fall and fall weather is just around the corner.
Now, I really do love fall weather. Cooler temps, windows open, sweatshirts, campfires, and pretty leaves.
THEN it gets cold very quickly.
Heat bills in all forms will be going up this year. No matter what you heat with - increases are happening.
Today I thought I'd just mention a few ways to keep the bills lower and maybe JUST MAYBE keep the heat off as long as possible.
I always turn the AC on later than most people, and I turn the heat on later. I have a pretty good comfort range and truthfully, I use many of these ideas and it really does save some dollars.
USE THE LIGHT
When it is sunny out - open those blinds and curtains!!!!!! Follow the sunlight.
Not only does it make the cheery and bright - but the sun provides a lot of warmth. Keys times to open the curtains is between 10AM - 5PM. On the reverse - block those windows in the evening to keep that warmth inside!!
USING ACCESSORY HEAT
If you normally line dry your laundry outside - during those frigid cold months, that can be hard to do. Oh, I remember frozen sheets on the line when I was a kid!! LOL
Get a simple accessory to put on your drier vent. It allows you to vent all or some of the heat from drier into your basement or home. Now I hear a lot about it also allows moisture. It may put off some humidity - we need that more in winter. I have a piece of nylon hose over the open end of mine to catch any lint that may blow out. I have no heat vent in the basement and all my pipes are in the ceiling of the basement. Using the drier in this way (along with natural temps) is enough to keep it nice down there all winter.
ALSO - in this same vein - after baking anything - prop the oven open when done and turned off. That allows that heat to venture into the house. Never waste heat from anything!! Recycle it.
ALSO - make sure you keep those furnace filters CLEAN!
BED, SNUGGLES AND BEING COZY
Add extra bedding to your bed. Extra blankets or quilts! Many people use and love flannel sheets. They are much warmer. I cannot do that - they are waaaayyy too much for me. I am one of those crazy people that has to have cold sheets 365 days a year!!!!
Extra covers are a plus for keeping the temps lower at night. Snuggle with your honey or your fur babies!!! Either one can keep you warmer!
Afghans and throws are wonderful for any couch or chair. I have a little living room - but I always have at least 3 throws in there during the colder months - easy to grab and snuggle in any chair. Warm blankie, hot chocolate and a book - winter bliss!!!!!!!
LAYER IT UP
Wear many layers. You can always remove clothing if you get hot - but once you are cold - it takes a while to get your body warm.
Of course you may be that person, who is still wearing shorts in December! I am not. I do not like being cold. I hate shoes - but that is mandatory in this area during winter (socks too). House shoes in the house or socks - will keep those tootsies warm.
MOVE - get outside and do yard work if at all possible. Move around the house. You work up a sweat sometimes. You get fresh air and sunshine - nothing bad about it. Even when the weather is frightful - you can do something. I HATE to exercise - but in the dead of winter I turn on the radio to oldies some days and dance like I can!!! LOL! If I am watching the silly boob tube - I stand in front of the TV and do a few lunges or toe taps, or arm exercises. Just don't sit on that BUM all day every day!!!!!
SPICE IT UP
Spicey food and drinks help the body warm. Hearty foods stick to your ribs and make you feel full and the body feels warmer. Chili, stews, crockpot dinners, roasted foods, casseroles - is this really a thing - or do we just THINK we are warmer. I don't know, it may be psychological - but whatever works!!!!
Hot drinks, like hot tea, coffee, hot chocolate all help you feel warmer.
Heck, even a hot toddy now and then doesn't hurt!!!! I only do those if feeling sick from a cold/flu.
SMALLER HEAT UNITS
Think about getting or having a couple space heaters. You can often use them to just warm a room up ENOUGH. You don't have to keep it on for a long period, they will warm the area in need quickly and for less dollars than the furnace. BE CAREFUL if using any type of space heater. That is so very important.
Make sure you change the direction of those blades on the ceiling fan. Heat rises - so pushing it back down into the room just makes since. You don't want it just going up through the ceiling and out the roof!
NOTE - it sure helps to have insulation in those attics or ceilings. When we had blown-in insulation added, they 'guaranteed' our heat bills would fall by half. It did!!!!!! It makes a huge difference.
KEEP THOSE FLUIDS FLOWING
Don't stop drinking just because it isn't hot out. Fluid intake is important. Warm fluids are great. Again, hot tea, coffee, hot cider, warm OJ, warm lemonade (tasty), hot chocolate, etc. It all helps your body feel warm.
CLEAN AND WARM
A nice hot shower is wonderful feeling on a cold day. I love taking a 'spa day' for myself. A candle in the bathroom, maybe a warm drink and a hot soak with some scented Epson salts in the water. Yep, that makes me right as rain. After having that hot bath or shower - again let that warm air flow into the house. I do not have towel warmers or heated floors - but I do throw my towel on the floor vent until I need it (when bathing) and I have a fuzzy mat to get out on.
SO there you have it. A few ways to stretch your heating dollars a little. I can usually cut a month off each end of the heating season by doing most of these things. It may not seem like a lot - but a couple months of heating bills could make or break it for some homes this winter.
So what ideas do you have to stay warm and keep that bill down a little. We would all love some new ideas.