Paying a ridiculous amount for heat drives me crazy, but so does living in a cold house. So what do I do? I find alternative ways to stay warm!
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Personally, I love exercising, but I understand that not everybody feels the same way. However, exercising first thing in the morning will raise your body temperature for the rest of the day.
Whether it’s yoga, weight lifting, running, or kickboxing, try to work out for 20 to 30 minutes each morning. Anything that gets your heart rate up will also raise your body temperature, and keep it up for the rest of the day.
To take it a step farther, when you start to feel cold, do a few jumping jacks or push-ups. Instant warmth!
Wash dishes by hand
We don’t use a dishwasher, so this comes naturally for me. Since most of the heat enters and leaves our bodies through our hands and feet, it makes sense to keep these extremities warm.
When you’re washing dishes by hand, your hands are being covered in warm water, which affects your entire body. Even if it’s only a few dishes, soaking your hands in warm water for just a couple of minutes will raise your body temperature.
When I’m cold, I just want to be lazy, but that’s actually the worst thing to do. I’ve started saving my most active chores for the times that I’m most cold.
When I just can’t seem to get warm, that’s when I fold clothes, put away dishes, sweep, or mop. All of those chores get me moving and get my blood pumping. Much like with exercise, that raises my body temperature and warms me up!
Cook or bake
This gives you warmth in several different ways! First, if you’re using your oven, that’s automatically going to heat up your kitchen. We have an open concept house, so it also warms my living and dining room.
Second, when you’re moving around, getting ingredients, mixing things together, you’re getting your blood pumping, and you’re going to feel warmer!
Third, when you eat the food, it warms your insides, which makes you feel warmer overall.
I tend to have this first-world view that I shouldn’t have to wear a sweater around the house because I live in America, dagnabbit! But let me assure you, there is nothing wrong with wearing layers around the house!
My feet tend to get really cold, so I’ll wear two pairs of socks, and sometimes slippers (like this) on top of that. I always have AT LEAST a shirt and a sweater on (sometimes more), and occasionally I’ll throw on tights under my pants (thermal sets like this always help).
More layers = more warmth!
Use a blanket
I almost always have a blanket with me during the winter, no matter where I am in the house. If I’m eating lunch at the table, I have it over my legs. If I’m working at my desk, I have it wrapped around me, burrito-style. If I’m on the couch, I’m cuddled up in it.
A plush blanket like this one captures your body heat and radiates it back onto your body, essentially doubling your warmth. Give it a try and you’ll be amazed at how much warmer you feel!
Talk to your electric company
When we renewed our electricity contract one year, we chose a “nights free” plan. That means that any energy we used between 9 PM and 7 AM was FREE!
That allowed us to run our electric heaters all night and keep our house at a nice, warm temperature, which helped it to stay warmer throughout the day.
Give your electric company a call and see if they have a plan like this; it can save you tons of money throughout the winter!
How do you stay warm without raising your heating bill? Share your tips and tricks in the comments!