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How to stay warm this winter without turning up the heat

MyApartmentMap - Dec 16, 2011

 

How to stay warm this winter without turning up the heat
 
Fellow Renters, it’s time to take out the winter jackets, hats, gloves, blankets and hot cocoa for the winter season. As we all know, winter can get pretty cold and sometimes unbearable in our apartments. This makes us dependent on our furnaces and heating systems to get us through those chilly months. Renters struggle to keep their apartments warm and cozy without turning up the heat. Heating is the biggest energy expense during winter; however, there are simple solutions you can do to warm up your apartment without spending any money or catching hypothermia.

We have come up with some simple solutions to keep the inside of your apartment warm. Make sure you have all your windows sealed shut and to make sure there are no leaks, this is one of the tops places where cold air can get through. You can also place heavy curtains by the windows to block a draft. Make sure you shut and draft-proof your doors so the resourceful heat will move elsewhere. If you have a room that is not being used, turn off the heat vent and close the door so that you won’t waste your heat.  Make sure you’re not covering or blocking your radiator or furnace with object that can block the heat or cause a fire hazard, that will cause your room to get too hot for comfort.

I always recommend using warm colors on your walls and decor; it is the easiest way to make a home feel warm and comforting. During the winter you can add a rug to your cold floor so that you won’t have cold feet. Open up the curtains during the day and let the sunlight warm up your apartment. Bring out the extra blankets to place on couches and your bed so you can easily grab them and cover yourself. I always recommend a heated blanket they always do the trick. Light candles or if you’re lucky turn on your fireplaces to get extra heat into your rooms. Use space heaters or install a thermostat instead of turning up the heat, they cut your heating bill by half and are very cheap to buy.

Some of the best solutions can be right in from of you; it can be something you do on a daily basis. Now that Christmas is coming it’s a good time to use the oven. Make a large pot of soup, put the kettle on for tea, coffee or coco, and bake bread or cookies. The oven can warm up your whole apartment as much as a fireplace and make sure to keep the oven door open after cooking to let the heat out. Take a hot shower or bath which will warm you up quickly and the steam from the water will bring in moisture around the apartment. Even doing chores like cleaning the apartment or doing the laundry will keep you active and stay warm. Make yourself a warm cup of coco, tea or coffee; it helps warm the hands and the body up in a matter of seconds. The best way to stay warm in the winter is to bundle yourself up with sweaters, layers, fleece, thermo clothing, and my favorite snuggle up to loved ones.