Ways to Stay Warm While Conserving Energy at Home
Today, on Redhead Mom, I’m sharing a partnered blog post about Ways to Stay Warm While Conserving Energy.
We’re still in the middle of Winter and this is the time of year when it gets a tad bit chilly both outside and inside (ok – way colder in some parts of the country than here in California). Whether you’re looking to save energy in your home or just cut down on your gas or electric bill you pay, here are a few ways you can stay warm while conserving energy at home.
Adjust Your Thermostat
A big contributor to high gas and electric bills can be the thermostat. Keep it set to 68 degrees or less at night and turn it down when you are away from your home. You don’t want to pay to heat the house when nobody is home.
Natural Heat (AKA The Sun)
Be sure to take advantage of our natural resource – the sun. Open up the curtains and let the sun shine in all while heating up your rooms. Close the curtains at night to keep the cold from the windows out.
Insulate Your Home
There are a variety of companies and contractors out there who you can hire to inspect and insulate your home. Many of these inspectors work on an array of buildings and are protected by bonds in case something goes wrong. They can check to see if there are any air leaks in your home, which can be found around windows, doors, and other openings in your home.
Layer Your Clothes
When I lived in Utah, I quickly learned that the key to staying warm in cold weather is to layer. That means you have multiple layers of clothing on, such as a tank top, t-shirt, sweatshirt, and then jacket. If you start getting warm, you simply peel the layers off until you feel comfortable.
One of my favorite ways to quickly get warm (and stay warm) is by covering up with a soft, comfy and thick blanket. Not only is it super comfortable, but it keeps me nice and warm as well!
Socks and Slippers
Just like layering with clothes or covering up with a comfy, thick blanket can help keep you warm, so can a pair of fuzzy socks and/or some fuzzy slippers on your feet.
Another great way to warm up while conserving energy in your home is by enjoying a hot drink. Enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee (made with freshly roasted coffee beans) or even hot chocolate and take note of your body slowly warming up. It’s really quite an easy (and yummy) trick!
What about exercise? Exercising is a great way to warm up (and get into better shape while you’re at it). You can do jumping jacks, crunches, push-ups, walk on a treadmill, or ride a bike. These are great ways to get your blood pumping and naturally warm up your body.
What are some ways you stay warm while conserving energy at home?