Humidifiers in winter help keep house warm.

Hot water for oatmeal and Grandma’s coffee made the kitchen toasty warm
on cold winter mornings when we came down the stairs for breakfast
at Grandpa and Grandma’s house.

Steam in the bathroom for those really warm showers requires the opening
of the door to let out some of the heat.

A warm humidifier  can help warm a room rather quickly n the winter.
Even the box it came in shows one of the benefits is that it helps cut down
on heating costs.

Works for me!

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Dana says:

    Ways to Stay Warm This Winter.

    Not only to save on heating bills but we know when we are cold our body tells us we need to increase our
    caloric intake, which pack on lbs. And who wants that….. Maybe you have some interesting ideas that others can use so they can
    enjoy every moment of where they live…..instead of dreading the winter and stay warm so we don’t shovel in the calories
    to fuel the fire in order to stay warm. (Ideas from several countries were collected from the internet.)

    The best way to survive the cold is to enjoy the cold. Here are some great tips to keep down heating costs this winter by keeping the thermostat turned down.
    Use some of the money you save to buy yourself some beautiful, warm woolies! (Some clothing ideas mentioned might make welcome Christmas gifts!)

    SLEEPING:
    Many people say that they get a comfortable night’s rest during the winter, when the bedroom is quite cool. Here is what others have been sharing to help to keep the heat turned down and without using an electric blanket.

    BED WEAR FOR YOU-

    Remember: if your feet are cold, all of you is cold. Sleep with socks on so when you get out of bed and the floors are cold you won’t get icy toes.
    Thermal PJ’s /long johns and even a hoodie to keep head and neck warm.
    Fleece pajamas and over the knee socks so when the pajama legs ride up the socks keep you covered.

    FOR THE BED:

    Down comforters provides maximum warmth at minimum weight.
    duvet under you so the metal springs (metal is a strong thermal conductor) don’t suck the warmth out of you (Blankets are more benefit under you than over you when it is cold.) or use a good quality feather bed topper for your mattress! Thick layers of newspaper beneath the under blankets can help keep heat in.
    sleeping bags in your bed are warm down to at least 40 degrees.
    electric mattress cover that heat from the bottom up, more efficient or electric blanket (or electric heating pad at foot of the bed to warm that area but make sure to cover that area with a heavy sherpa blanket or a thick pillow) for 10-30 minutes before going to bed, to warm it, then shut it off and remove it. Once in bed and under the covers our bodies hold their temp. We don’t sleep with it for safety reasons. (Electric mattress cover -$40 Linens N Things– Timed shutoff feature. Perfect compromise for night time vs heating the whole house. Paid for itself in under a month.)
    flannel sheets -German flannel are the best, according to one respondent
    extra blankets (at least two good) piled on the bed. If you’re cold under a blanket or two, add more. (An extra fleece blanket folded up to about 1/8 to 1/4 of it’s size and placed just across your shoulders , so you have lots of layers in one area, will bring up your temperature quickly)
    fleece blankets (one at your feet if your feet are always cold!)
    Velux blankets under a quilt or comforter got several families through an ice storm that knocked out power for weeks in Kentucky.
    wool blanket from military surplus usually cost about 10-15 bucks. Real wool is extremely warm.. You may want to use something to go on top of your blanket, if you are allergic to wool. Some say that Polar “fleece” and the “korean” blankets are just as warm as woll and can be cheaper than wool although usually made from synthetic materials.
    hot water bottle (much better than a cold bed ) can keep you warm at night: any empty gallon bottle such as a thick cranberry juice bottle with a good, tight cap will do. Filled with boiling water and placed at your feet, under a couple of blankets will keep you warm. (You could tuck it under your blanket before going to bed and then move the bottle down by your feet when you get in, to keep your feet warm. (Others suggested a stainless steel water bottle with a hard plastic cap filled with hot tap water and stuck it in a tube sock. A bottle of warm water will hold its heat for a while even in a cold house, acting as a very cheap mini-furnace. The rubber bottles made for this purpose may be better insulated and more comfortable to hug, but any bottle will do in a pinch. A quick DIY cover made out of an old sweater improves warmth, storage and snuggliness. It’s also great for warming your hands and lap while sitting.)
    bags filled with rice and heated in the microwave can warm hands, feet, lap, backside and saves on heating costs. Reuse them over and over and you don’t have to worry about falling asleep with them on. The warmed pillow at your feet takes the chill out of the bed.
    In the poem “The Night Before Christmas”… they wore night caps.
    drape a sheet over the box springs if you don’t have a dust ruffle and put the dog’s bed under the bed. He will love sleeping in his “den” and his body heat warms that small space well. If it’s really cold,and he is a short haired house dog a fleece sweater will help him retain heat.
    Rig a makeshift cloth “tent” over your bed, if the air is too cold when you’re trying to sleep. Your own breathing will warm up the inside of the tent very quickly. (And we wondered why those antique beds had roofs and curtains.) In the past when people didn’t have heat they used blankets and some scrap wood for a frame over the bed (aka the “tent”). Next, gathering available pillows and blankets from around the house and piling them inside concentrates all the available insulation into a smaller space and will keep it warmer especially if using rice or corn bags warmed in the microwave or hot water bottles.

    WARMTH IN THE HOUSE While it’s important to have a good heating system in your house, the other half of the equation is making sure heat doesn’t escape.

    Humidity makes the air feel warmer – Putting moisture in the air makes it feel a lot warmer. No humidifier? Open the bathroom door while you’re showering. Don’t run the bathroom fan after you shower; the humidity will make the house feel warmer. Instead, shut bathroom fans off as quickly as possible to prevent heat loss and leave the bathroom door open after a bath to let the humidity into the rest of the house. Another great option to increase the humidity is to soak bar towels in water, wring them out and place on the hot-water radiators. As they dry they humidify the air. You will need to try to get a balance as while heating systems do dry the air too much moisture (bathtub, humidifier) might encourage mold growth and condensation damage. Regularly check behind furniture that’s standing against outside-facing walls, and around windows. You pay to heat the water to hand wash dishes, to bathe and shower so let that heat go down the sewer pipe? Let let the water stand in the sink or tub for a bit and give off its heat to the house and adds needed humidity to the air. Keeping a tea kettle on low – the steam rising from the pot warms up the house, and in the late afternoon baking meals in the oven can add more warmth. Humid air holds heat better and can be a blessing when your heating system dries out the air to an uncomfortable level. It does not take more energy to heat humid air. Anybody who has spent a day enjoying 90 degrees in the desert and then been miserable when they went back home to 90 and humid knows the principle If you have the room to set up a little clothesline somewhere inside the house, then hang some clothes up to dry. It keeps your dryer from blowing your warm air outside, and the humidity makes the house ‘feel’ warm at a lower temperature. Even a flat pan (very wide cake like pan) filled with water (maybe a a gallon or so) placed in front of the return vent allows the moisture in the air to increase making it feel warmer. Obviously you have to refill.
    Diverter box on the clothes dryer hose. In the winter move a lever that closes a baffle so that all that nice warm moist dryer air comes into the house instead of going out the vent. A piece of old panty hose over the opening catches any lint.
    Insulate Electric Outlets and Light Switches on exterior walls with some inexpensive thin foam plate receptacle seals and maybe some expanding foam, to plug those sneaky air holes up tight as they contribute a remarkable amount of draftiness if not insulated properly. While keeping air from escaping out your doors and windows may seem obvious, they aren’t the only places in your house air can escape. Find every air leak in all the forms they can exist. Caulk around the exterior windows and seal up drafts with caulk/wood putty or foam.Get as much insulation as you can afford skillfully installed The amount of heat lost by any house is basically controlled by air leakage and a combination of average insulation value, square feet of surface area, and temperature difference between inside and outside. That and solar gain, which may or may not be important depending on the house and location. Point is, you always save money keeping the house cooler at least part of the day. The single exception would be if you have a conventional heat pump *and* if you cram the setpoint up so far so fast that the backup heaters come on. Insulation is always a good idea. More is better, as is tightening the air leakage in/out of the house. You want the highest R-Value, covering the largest square-footage of space, for the least amount of money. And that requires purchasing the right kind of insulation. The folks at Lowe’s or Home Depot can give you tips. If interior walls/floors have insulation in them keep in mind that if the room next to it is colder than the one you’re in, it will try to even out. The greater the temp. difference the faster the heat travels. Then high quality doors and windows properly installed.
    rugs are nice on cold floors. Cover up your bare floors with a rug. Put down a rug or carpet as they help prevent heat loss through the floor. They are generally warmer to the touch than wood or stone, and so offer a warmer surface to walk on.
    Take advantage of solar energy; place a dark rug in sunny areas of your house during the day to absorb the sun’s heat.
    Put on clothes as soon as they come out of the dryer. Nothing warms you up like clothing straight from the dryer.
    Weather Strip, Seal, and Curtain Your Windows – If you have an older house, the windows may lose a lot of heat. Feel your windows; if they’re cold, that means they’re making your whole house cold. The best, most cost-effective solution is to insulate your doors and windows for extreme weather conditions. Proper insulation cuts your electric bill and makes your house more energy-efficient. Before it gets too cold, take some time to weather strip your windows to keep cold air out (and warm air in).
    Run your dishwasher, clothes dryer and oven late at night if at all possible. The heat from those might help with heating your space. Vacuum at night if your vacuum puts off a lot of heat.
    Heated Computer Mouse! http://www.HeatedMouse.com plugs into the USB on the computer and warms up your hands and keeps them warm. They have slippers that are USB infrared heated as well
    move into the bedroom for the winter and use it as a bed-sitting room. Heat only that room even keeping it as warm as toast, costs much less than heating the whole house. Auxiliary heat like electric blankets, a low wattage heating pad, microwaved bags, hot water bottles or a small space heater warms the occupants, instead of the whole house. The smaller space heater costs far less to run than keeping the entire home warm. (Space heaters dry the air so it helps to have a pan of water to put humidity into the air.) A space heater in the bathroom can take the chill off and the steamy shower makes it more comfortable. (Anotherr said their family eats, watches tv, does homework, etc, all in the kitchen as the heat from the oven keeps it warm. )

    SITTING AROUND THE HOUSE TO WATCH TV OR READ:

    hot water bottle on your feet
    wrap a thick fleece blanket around your legs and then cover self with another fleece blanket.
    keep lots of cozy blankets and lap blankets available in the living room. (Change out your decor. Try a throw so you can snuggle under it.)

    SOCIALIZE – A warm-blooded being produces its own heat so snuggle with a significant other, a friend or pet in a blanket and share each other’s warmth. A dog or cat sleeping on your bed is much cheaper than paying for heating oil. Aside from the extra body heat, cuddling releases that feel-good hormone, oxytocin, that reduces stress and lowers blood pressure. The most efficient, least costly, and most fun way to stay warm in the face of winter’s chill is to hang out with friends and family as more bodies in the room will keep everyone warmer. Lots of people in a small room can turn an icebox into a warm sauna, and everyone can bring their own sweaters and blankets. Spending time socializing could make you feel physically warmer than being alone. A study conducted by the University of Toronto researchers found that social exclusion literally feels cold. So despite the frigid temperatures and the temptation to hibernate, make an effort to spend some time with your buddies. If you don’t have proper heat at home, study at school or spend time at a place that is heated: library, church, the mall, hospital lobby, a friend or families house.

    GENERATING HEAT QUICKLY WHEN YOU ARE SHIVERING:

    tighten your thigh muscles to make each thigh hard, but not pressing them together. The effort will generate heat.
    rub palms together
    run wrists under warm water. It works within minutes to warm the whole body.
    A short blast of warm air from a blow dryer will do wonders in especially shivery moments.
    hot shower or soak in a hot bath until your body temperature rises. You should stay warm for a long time afterwords. A nice warm bath a couple hours before bedtime can raise your body temperature helping you feel more relaxed to sleep better, too.

    AFTER THE SHOWER OR BATH

    use oil or a good coat of lotion on your skin when you get out. Those of us living in areas where it is cold AND dry feel it’s almost like putting on another thin layer of clothing and seems to hold in your own natural heat better. When I remember to put on lotion I don’t seem to have to dress as warmly.
    Weleda Everon Face Balm keeps my face warmer (and moisturized)!

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    CLOTHING INSIDE Anyone who puts on one sweater and then wants to turn on the heat just isn’t trying hard enough. If one doesn’t work,layer– try two, three, sweaters or pairs of socks. Concentrate available warming materials.

    cozy fleece jogging set and slippers.
    Wear warm slippers, preferably those lined with raw wool
    wear a hat or pull your hood up in the house.
    stretch gloves with fingertips cut out allow you to work.
    thin leggings under jeans aren’t a lot of bulk, but really help
    lounge pants & comfy blankies
    wear a coat inside
    layer clothing (especially socks and pants ) or wear heavier clothing while in the house and keep the thermostat down like 68-70*F.
    bathrobe (thick one) or hooded dressing-gown has helped saved on some heating bills.Think of it as a big, fluffy blanket with sleeves. They are very warm and comfortable, and you can even sleep in them!
    slippers nice cozy ones around the house all winter long.
    A turtleneck sweater or lightweight turtleneck shirt under a sweater or sweatshirt and a vest over can work wonders. It gives you the freedom of your limbs.

    EXERCISE WILL WARM YOU INSIDE A COLD HOUSE

    Get moving to get your blood circulating and then keep moving. Stay active. Sitting around is when you will get chilled while moving around produces body heat to warm you!
    Clean the house: Not only will your house be cleaner but activity will get your blood pumping. Your body is a heat generating machine. Continuous labor or physical exercise will keep our body warm with minimum clothes and socks. 20 minutes of vigorous exercise can warm you up and keep you warm well after the exercise session. If kept idle, it will become obsolete.
    A healthy body is generally more tolerant of the cold. The more you are active, the better your blood circulation will be. This will mean that hot blood gets to your fingers and toes, keeping them warm. Make an effort to exercise and you’ll reap benefits beyond mood-boosting endorphins and maintaining a healthy weight. Fitting in a sweat session will increase blood circulation throughout your body, which can help you stay focused, handle stressful situations and, of course, warm up. That’s because when it’s cold out, circulation in parts of the body, like the fingers, decreases, which is why those extremities are often the first to feel cold when the temperature drops.
    When you’re cold inside, a few push ups or squats will warm you right up and help you stay warm for several hours. Other forms of exercise skips & ropes, clogging, running, take the dogs for a hike or bike ride.
    Bundle up and walk to work or the grocery store.

    EATING TO STAY WARM
    Food supplies heat to the body which is important in staying warm. You need the calories to handle the cold. Make sure you eat a good meal before spending an extended amount of time outdoors in winter.

    Eat the right winter foods–warm meals such as soup with lots of onions and garlic–a winter secret. Hearty stews, soups, chili roasts, casseroles are made for the cold weather because they cook at low temperatures for a long period of time and, of course, they warm you up going down. Like tea, a hot soup can warm you from the inside out. But it could do more than help you heat up — soup is filling, which means it could help if you’re trying to cut calories. A 2007 Penn State study found that participants who first ate soup before their lunch entree reduced their calorie intake by 20 percent, compared to their soup-less counterparts. Start with a broth-based, fiber-filled (that means veggies!) large cup of hot soup to cut your calorie-intake and warm up.
    Hot oatmeal helps warm you. Sip on some warm broth.
    More herbs and spices incorporated into your next dish and you’ll heat up while adding some extra flavor. Ginger, in particular, can get blood circulation going and the body temperature up. “It warms you up from the inside. considered warming (cayenne, cinnamon, black pepper, garlic, horse radish and cardamom). Add lots of spice to your meals, especially ginger and chilies.
    Serve with fresh-baked bread, even those frozen bread loaves you bake yourself. Leave the oven open after you bake food. When using the oven a pot over the back right burner where the oven vents allows the heat escaping from the oven to warm up the water. You can put cinnamon or other spices to make it smell good if you wish.
    Baking cookies or a pie can help keep the house warmer as the oven helps heat the home. The kitchen will be warm while you are cooking, and then you can have a great home cooked meal too!food soup/broth. Steam will raise the moisture level in your home, making the air more dense, and it uses more energy to heat humid air. Add nuts to those cookies as foods that are high in healthy fats — like nuts — help the body regulate its temperature, which is why people whose diets are deficient in fat often report feeling cold, Self magazine reported. So grab a handful when you feel the chill (just be mindful of portion sizes) and reap the many other benefits of nuts.
    Vitamin or Mineral Deficiencies That Make You Feel Cold: http://www.livestrong.com/article/48…you-feel-cold/ http://www. livestrong.com/article/485637-vitamin-or-mineral-deficiencies-that-make-you-feel-cold/

    DRINKS It’s important to keep hydrated in the cold, too, so don’t forget to drink something as well as eat.

    Wrap your hands around a warm mug of tea, cocoa or coffee. Drinking a steamy hot beverage will heat up your core temperature. The process can be very relaxing and even stimulating. and it feels good against frigid fingers.

    Warm drinks warm people up. The right drinks — like teas and coffees (preferably sans the added sugar and cream) — could be include some serious health perks: Green tea, for example, is high in antioxidant polyphenols which are able to help our bodies fight against the cell-damaging free radicals acquired through the environment. And coffee, which also contains antioxidants, has been shown in several studies to lower the risk of some cancers.
    Hot beverages – cup after cup of tea, cocoa, and/or coffee are an integral part of any winter survival plan. Enjoy hot drinks, like soup or tea with ginger and cinnamon. Ginger tea warms you up instantly, boosts your immunity and even helps in weight loss! (Take real ginger, cut it or grate it, add boiling water and let it brew in a thermos for 40-60 minutes. And then just add it to your favorite tea or drink as it is. Be careful, it is spicy Add lemon juice and this winter you are bullet-proof. Steeping real ginger and then adding it to other tea drinks. This takes Ginger tea it to a new level! Hot Chai … with its cardamon, cinnamon,cloves, and honey
    hot apple cider, coffee or tea kept hot in a thermos during day to warm your insides, while reading a good book in front of a fire.
    Try something new, like spicy, honey-based Russian beverage Sbiten.
    Have a hot drink just as you go to bed, such as warm milk with cinnamon.

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    An old fashioned idea- put hot potatoes into the pockets to keep the hands warm (Microwave a couple of small potatoes and tuck them in your pocket before you go outside. They will warm your hands and your body.)

    CLOTHING OUTSIDE

    In Germany, the expression is “dress like an onion” then peel off layers as you warm up. In Sweden: There is no such thing as bad weather, there is only bad clothes. To enjoy being outside, you need to be wearing the right gear in order to be warm and still able to move.

    Layering work best because it creates a number of air-layers around your body, and that’s your insulation to keep the heat in to keep warm. Shed them (“peel off”) the outer layers as needed to stay the right temperature throughout the day. Put them back on as needed It’s It’s all about the layering and there’s a method to layering clothes for warmth and comfort. Several light, comfortably fitted layers are preferable to a single heavy layer. Generally an outer, mid, and under layer suffice.

    Layer always… in Fairbanks or Minnesota, mooseskin works well; along the coast, waterproof gear is necessary. The art of layering: Choose a very breathable inner layer clothing like capilene, fleece, silk. There are lots of good choices out there. For middle layer — such as Smartwool, thermawool, expedition-fleece, down and the like. Rain gear — breathable material — for outer layer. Forget about style Some say start with a camisole or thin thermals, sweatpants, plus 2 pairs of socks, with slippers and a woolen knit cap, layer, camisole or thin thermals cotton tank, silk undershirt, (Silk is better than wool according to some ) cuddleduds or Under Armour to insulate the body heat & add layers on top of that,long sleeve cotton shirt, and sweater, and a fleece vest can take on temps to 32 or even 28. For warmth and ventilation, a tightly woven wool shirt that opens down the front and a quilted jacket over it that also opens in the front. Its easy to take off a layer when we are too warm than to go out and freeze.

    Merino wool is available in silk like qualities for both undergarments and socks. I Love mine! merino wool layers under my clothes. Not itchy, wash in the washer and WARM. wool products today do not scratch. The underwear is thin and soft, especially the silk/wool blend. Wool, silk or a blend of these is far better. Wool keeps the heat even when wet.

    FEET It’s extremely important to keep your feet warm as this is an area that loses a lot of body heat. Keep them warm and you will feel warm all over.

    Boots -Good lined boots are essential in cold climes. Make sure they come up above your ankles, and are fairly close in to your leg. If they’re too low, snow can get in easily (which makes your feet cold and wet), and if they’re too loose, heat will escape out the top. I have lace-up knee high boots and have one layer of pant underneath them and one over top if it’s really cold snow boots keep my calves warm but since they don’t cover my knees, they’re always chillier. Double boots–a felt inner liner and high-top outer boot–are warm and comfortable, but very expensive. A rugged mountaineering boot has many of the benefits of the double boot at a lower cost. Foam-insulated rubber boots will keep your feet warm, but will also make them perspire. Don’t forget water proofing your footwear for in the slush.
    Socks – Warm feet are very important even if you have to layer several pairs; thin socks beneath thicker socks. Long socks are better. Some even microwave socks. Wool socks are fantastic for staying warm and keep the toes dry. Nothing worse than wet and frozen toes.There are a number of woolen socks which doesn’t itch one bit, and they’re hundred times better than any cotton sock. Actually wool products today do not scratch but of you can’t handle the ‘itch’ of wool, there are some wonderful ‘Smart Wool’ socks available now that even the more ‘sensitive’ might be able to tolerate. There are also high tech “hiking socks” that wick moisture away. You can order knee high winter weight bamboo socks but if you’re paying under $5/pair, you’re probably getting super-cheap material and probably won’ t even stretch over your feet. Good bamboo socks are thick, fluffy, and incredibly soft and silky. Silk sock liners are great since it breathes, so even inside you don’t get overheated. Two pairs of socks–a thin pair of cotton socks beneath a heavier wool pair–are warmer and more comfortable than a single thick pair. Keep extra pr of socks with you in case yours get wet.
    Leg warmers even under jeans are cozy. http://pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=leg+warmers+

    SHOULDERS/NECK Make sure your shoulders are warm (think about how coats have fur collars…there is a reason….)

    Muffler/Scarf – Always wear a warm scarf or muffler around your neck when you are outside to help cut the chill. We have heard that acrylic is excellent and inexpensive, and of course, wool is great. Some wear them indoors, even at work as it helps when everyone else is comfortable or even warm and they are still cold. A scarf around the neck makes a considerable difference, in addition to wearing things like a sweater, sweatshirt or an insulated vest as many who don’t like coats prefer to keep cozy that way.
    The scarf can be lifted up to cover your face.
    Shawls either alone or even over a coat

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    LEGS Your legs are VERY important for staying warm – keep ’em covered. (Silk long johns are wonderful. Silk is natural and like cotton or wool breathes to keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.)

    UNDERWEAR ~ Long underwear is essential in cold weather

    long thermal underwear is lightweight but will stop cold getting into your bones.
    Silk long johns are a staple for some who buy a piece or two each year to cut down on cost all at once, yet, giving them enough for every day of the week. (Wintersilks and Sportsman’s Guide both carry silk long johns, and there are other places to get them too.) Much of modern silks are machine washable in cold water gentle cycle ( put in mesh bags for added protection from stretching).
    Two-ply long johns and undershirts, (cotton on the inside for comfort, wool on the outside for warmth, are warmer than thermal-knit underwear. Polartec is good. (Some say that the underlayer should not be of cotton, so you decide.) Socks alone are not enough as they don’t reach high enough up the thigh.
    If you don’t have long underwear, or don’t want to wear it with your skirt, tights (not pantyhose*) are a lifesaver. On really cold days wear two pair of black opaques , and layer warm socks between the two. (*However, one military soldier who served in the Arctic said they they put on panty hose as their first layer!!! If you don’t have thermal long johns, even a pair of panty hose will make a huge difference in how warm your legs feel)
    wear thin leggings or other workout gear under clothes don’t add a lot of bulk, but really help keep you warmer while outside, especially when the wind is blowing.
    cotton flannel in the correct thickness, especially jammy pants under jeans, is cozy wonderful for keeping warm, in some areas of the country. (Cotton clothing in any form is NOT the best choice if you want to stay warm because it absorbs water. If you start to sweat, then that inner cotton layer will stay wet for a long, long time. It is cold when wet and doesn’t dry that quickly.)

    PANTS

    Pants are not enough by themselves to keep the legs warm, especially if you don’t have knee-high boots with a knee-length coat.
    Pants should be of tightly woven wool, cuffless, with plenty of room in the seat and legs, and flaps over the pockets to help keep snow out. For added ventilation use suspenders rather than a belt.

    http://www.toastskirts.com (down filled skirt zips over whatever you are wearing to keep you toasty warm (like snowpants only way cuter!) Surprisingly slim fit and the best part is it is water resistant and wipes clean with a cloth. Lots of gals use it for camping as a ground cover, blanket, pillow or for sitting around the campfire. Great at sporting events or even indoors to save heating costs. It’s pretty new on the market.. (The new style City Skirt is very affordable!)

    TOPS
    bamboo underclothes : Incredibly soft, thin, warm, and moisture-wicking, bamboo is WONDERFUL for undergarments.
    camisole because it is tight fitting[*] zippers closed all the way.

    ARMS AND WRISTS
    http://pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=wrist+warmers Some are DIY from socks, (Arm warmers)

    MIDDLE
    Haramaki- a Japanese idea – wrap your middle section with a haramaki – an extra layer that heats your middle and this raises the temperature of your whole body without bulky layers. Keeps the drafts out when you bend over too! Google Haramaki Love in the US or NukuNuku in the UK.

    GLOVES hands should be kept covered as this is an areas where body heat is lost. Keep these warm and to help you feel warm all over.

    Ski gloves / mittens are too bulky to drive with safely, and anything else just lets the cold seep through the knitted mesh freezing hands on the steering wheel when driving in the depths of Canadian winter. However a pair of the little, thin, super-stretchy 99-cent gloves found everywhere and which are totally inadequate by themselves can be worn under a hand-knit mitten and give you a good grip on the steering wheel.
    Keep those cheap dollar a pair stretchy gloves everywhere! If your good gloves get wet you can let them dry and still have gloves to wear.
    Two-piece mittens–a wool liner and a nylon outer shell with a leather palm–are better than gloves.
    removeable finger gloves
    Silk glove liners breathe so don’t have to be removed inside the house

    HEAD
    Don’t forget to keep your head warm too! A large percentage of body heat is lost through your head.

    Stay warm by keeping your head covered with a hat, scarf, hoodie, cap or other head covering such as a woolen stocking hat, wool hat with a fleece lining or mask-like hat to greatly reduce loss of heat from the head. (Head coverings are quick ways to adjust your temperature when taking a coat on & off is not practical.)
    ears covered

    house

    make the house energy efficient.

    air leakage common waste is to allow too much heat to go up the chimney
    caulk spend a small amount of money caulking all our windows, doors, used expanding foam around inside of garage doors,
    Be aware that the more you seal off air circulation to the outside, you increase the possibility of a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide in the air — especially if you use natural gas or propane in the home. Be sure to install a carbon monoxide detector if you don’t have one already. If you do, test it on a regular basis.
    Check that all heat registers are adjusted open, especially where plumbing pipes might freeze. Make sure heat vents, registers and radiators are free of obstructions. If they’re covered with furniture, the warm air won’t reach you – even though you’ve paid for it house Home improvement stores sell magnetic register covers to ‘shut off’ forced air furnace registers in unused rooms. That way when the heater does click on, only the registers in the rooms you use will pump out heat. This makes for more efficient use of the heater. house registers Do not use unapproved materials for safely covering registers. (Call your local hardware store for safe covers). The material could potentially heat up and start a fire. Also don’t block the heating vents/baseboards. Unblock cold air returns in heated rooms (they may be blocked with furniture or rug) so heat can circulate efficiently.
    Curtain Since we only have a wall furnace we keep our archway to the kitchen covered with an attractive thermal curtain and also cover the hallway to the bedrooms. Keeping the heat in the living area only. A set of heavy curtains can block heavy drafts of air. Heavy, lined curtains may cost $, but they look great and save energy. Make sure you buy the curtain rods that allow the curtain to meet the wall. You can get utility rods for about $2 at home depot. If you have gas heat like me, it’s worth the $$. JCPenney, country curtains etc have nice lined/insulated curtains at a variety of prices. Just stay away from the “decorative” rods and go for the cheap ones that curve to meet the wall. Open them when the sun is shining and close them when it’s not.
    water heater and hot water pipes -heat loss blanket on the water heater. and insulate all the hot water pipes throughout the house (mostly in the crawl space) to prevent heat loss. close your house vents along your crawl space areas! lots of heat lost there!
    doors Seal your doors. Check around the door frame and also under the door. You may want to buy weather stripping or a door sweep. Again, at minimum, make a draft dodger (draft stopper homemade draftstoppers) or stuff a rolled up towel at the bottom of the door. will block drafts-block with weather stripping
    EVENINGS – After turning on heater on for 15-20 minutes, I first change clothes and then shut it off. It stays warm long enough to feel very comfortable to read or watch TV snuggled in a sherpa blanket, covered over my head.

    Heater-

    a little ECO-heater at http://www.4centheat.com mounts on the wall and only uses 400-watts, costing only 3-1/2 cents per hour to run. It keeps a whole room warm without the cost of heating the whole house!
    if you are living with a non-working heater because you don’t have enough money to pay for heat repairs, paying yourself first so that you can get through any and all emergencies as they arise. Don’t leave yourself out in the cold.
    utility company can do an audit and recommend
    If you can not afford to heat your home, contact a few energy suppliers. They might work with you to find a payment plan you can afford. In addition to this, you may be eligible for federal assistance paying your bill.
    wood-burning stove. wood cut in the summer/late fall and stacked.a woodstove isn’t practical or a reality for many people, but those people who live in rural area with woods might want to look in to getting one.
    pellet-stove fireplace regulates its own temperature that we pre-set with a remote control, so there’s no fire-damage concern as there is with a wood stove. Of course, there was the initial investment of about 3,000.00, and there needs to be room to store the bags of pellets (2 tons for our 2300 sq ft home, and a ton of pellets costs about the same as a cord of wood). the added benefit is a very cozy atmosphere and the extra lighting provided by the fire. we can make-do almost the entire evening with just the pellet stove and one lamp. for people less fortunate to have heat in their homes during the winter!

    insulation

    in the attic and the crawl space. A lot of heat escapes through the attic, as warm air rises and cold air sinks. Make sure that your attic has enough insulation.
    Reflectix insulation from Home Depot. when stayed in motor home in desert- I’ve used it on the inside of the windshield, some other windows, skylight, vents. It keeps the Heat in. Can also be used for walls (between studs), attic, etc. http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/…5#.UN9VwazhVW4

    lights recessed lights that are not sealed need to be sealed as they sucking the air out of your home drawing back in cold dry outside air.

    windows

    Keep windows air-tight. windows and doors closed to minimize heat loss. weatherstripping on some of them and a heat-retention film on the ones that you don’t need to open. cover your windows with clear plastic sheets and make it airtight.You can use cheap clear shower curtains over the windows that receive sun light to keep the cold air out while the warmth from the sun will heat your house without cold air coming in. seal the windows that aren’t open often with plastic in the winter. the plastic is inexpensive and easy to use. It keeps a lot of cold drafts out . recycled bubble-wrap over the windows and it really helps to keep out the cold, yet lets in light during the day. If you don’t have the time for a full weatherproofing the bricoleur last-minute solution is to do a quick bubblewrap application to insulate windows, the doorways and hang drapes, heavy curtains (quilts or blankets ) on or over the window or over the bubblewrap! Ask around town get bubble wrap from a clinic in town. The less efficient the windows are the more you might consider getting thick curtains. It’s amazing what a big difference it makes to cover them with plastic Sealing off windows makes a huge difference! heat shrink wrap plastic plastic wrap that you ‘blow dry’ onto the windows. isn’t very expensive, and it’s crystal clear as long as you’re careful installing it. All you have to do is to put some double sided tape around the window, press the plastic onto the tape, and then use a hair dryer to get rid of the wrinkles.
    At a minimum, stuff a towel or shirt in front of any noticeable leaks.
    make sure the windows are shut all the way before you cover them. Close all windows properly, making sure storm windows are installed and closed in place if you have them. Windows should be latched.
    Always keep any shades or curtain open in the day to allow the sun to get through. Open them during the day if the outside temperature is higher than the inside temperature to let the sun in; Close shades, curtains and blinds at night to keep out the cold
    windows and door frames You may want to purchase removable window-caulk or plastic to better seal them. Seal N Peel a seasonal silicone caulk that you can buy at any Home Depot or other hardware or lumber store. (There are other names for it, depend on the manufacturer, but it’s all the same stuff.) It runs about $5 per tube, and each tube will seal up 3-4 windows. It goes on just like regular silicone, but you can pull it off in the spring. rope caulking to prevent drafts, Use it on and around all your windows. I have used this stuff on every window of every one of my houses for the past 20+ years, and cannot begin to tell you how much money it has saved me. tubes of regular silicone caulk – the kind you can get for $2-$3 per tube. Seal around all your window & door frames, baseboards. where they meet the drywall Anywhere you can feel cold are coming in, seal it! You will be absolutely amazed by how much heat you’re losing in those areas.
    weather stripping and a can of spray foam can help seal off that problem. Some say to be sure you use the more expensive White foam (DAP MAYBE or equivalent. )and not “Great Stuff foam filler” The cheaper yellow foam gets brittle and disintegrates over time, while the white foam may be less expansive, and more expensive, but it lasts longer.

    Door sweeps – to eliminate drafts that come in under your doors. For doors inside the house use a “draft stopper” under them.

    BATHROOM. Nothing worse than a toilet that’s like ice when you wake up in the morning- successful heated bathroom floor that’s electrical, but the hydronic system I priced out would cost less per sq ft. to install, cost less to repair from underneath (vs tear out tile from above), and is more consistent with whole house solution. It also gives me the option of choosing the source of BTU’s with more flexibility (electric solar panels, solar hot water buffer tanks augmenting gas hot water heat etc) A low tech wooden seat and heated floors has the upside of making me worry less about a short in wiring.

    thermostat

    Put some slippers on and a sweatshirt and keep it down to 60-63, 55-58 at night. I’m in the north, and that works for us. Germs don’t grow too well either, so nobody gets sick all winter. Been doing it for years.
    programable thermostat, which goes down around 9:00p.m. We turn on our electric blanket about 30 minutes before we go to bed, then turn it down to about 2 when we get in. Bed is nice and toasty. The heat is programed to come up about 15 minutes before I get out of bed. House is warming by then.
    a fully programmable thermostat are more energy-friendly, but after installing the system, there’s very little hassle involved later on. They’ll adjust themselves depending on the time of day, so when it’s warmer out, you’re not wasting heat (and when you’re at work, you can leave your house a bit cooler). Turn down the thermostat when you aren’t there saves a lot. programming the heat to be in a high comfort zone when the house is occupied is one good way. Same for sleeping hours, heat can be set back. Turning the heat to minimun when not required for human comfort is always a good policy. t turns the heat up to 68 at 6am and back to 62 at 730am and back up to 68 at 5pm and down to 65 at 9pm have a gas fireplace in the family room where we spend our evenings.
    some keep the heat literally only warm enough to keep the pipes from freezing
    We have a window unit that is 110 and it has air/heat. It has an energy-saver thermostat, so we keep it on the saver options; and when its warm inside it stays off.

    Hang blankets in between bigger hallways (esp near the thermostats),
    geothermal benefits. http://www.city-data.com/forum/tenne…tennessee.html
    Harness the Sun’s Energy to Add Some Extra Heat to Your Home While it probably won’t heat your whole house, you can probably cut down your heating costs by making your own solar heater. house solar power youtube how to make and use solar power how to make solar power youtube.com You can use nearly anything you have lying around—like old metal light fixtures or a tower of soda cans—and some black paint to create a free heat collector. If the sun doesn’t shine where you come from, you can also build your own rocket stove to heat your home using wood scraps.
    solar cell grants LEARN youtube

    blanket uses, but they are thermostatically controlled, so they don’t run all the time. An electric blanket might consume 200 watts (depending on the setting). So if you leave it on for 10 hours, it consumes 2 kilowatt-hours. That would cost between 15 and 30 cents, depending on your location. “Can you afford 30 cents to stay warm all night..? HowStuffWorks “How much does it cost to run an electric blanket?”

    Fireplace

    high efficiency fireplace insert in the fireplace in the main living room, and put in a ceiling fan heater in the master BR. we use the heater fan just before bed, and upon arising in the morning for an hour or so. We rarely need to use the F/A units now, much cheaper and warmer…
    Keep your fireplace flue closed when you don’t have a fire to prevent unnecessary heat loss house house Make Your Fireplace More Efficient An evening fire not only does a good job of keeping you warm, but it provides a very pleasant atmosphere on those cold winter nights. Unfortunately, fireplaces can be a bit inefficient, pulling tons of heat up through the chimney (which is even worse when you don’t have a fire going). Luckily, there are a few DIY solutions to maximize the heat a roaring fire provides. Make sure to sprinkle some coffee grounds in there, too, for easier cleanup later on.
    Stove Ben Frankin Wood Burning Stove gets us toasty warm (w/o the house heat on) and a large portion of the house heats up too.

    leg warmers or leggings, cover an area around shoulder humidifiers to stay warm fleece neck muffler, fleece down 1st if no flan sheets, to save heat seal up home. (Tips energystar.gov)

    See also http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/1…t-this-winter/ http://www. foxnews.com/health/2012/12/14/5-ways-to-avoid-getting-fat-this-winter/ (Go there to read what it says about “Low calcium causes a 500-fold increase in the production of an enzyme that converts energy into fat, causing you to pack on the pounds.”

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