Cheap Ways to Stay Warm

    While trying to maintain a comfortable “cozy” in my apartment, I realized that winter and summer are probably the seasons we spend the most on our bills via heating/cooling. Then I thought - there must be better ways to keep the cozy without spending so much cash. I did a little research as well as thought on my own and put together a list of three of what I think to be remarkably simple and ingenious ways to keep comfortable while keeping bills low (or rather, lower).

1)      Reuse old fabric! This is one of my favorite things to do in the winter because there are always old winter coats that don’t fit or ratty shirts that you outgrew and cannot be donated – so why not reuse them? By cutting the fabric into squares and sewing them together, you can create a one-of-a-kind patchwork quilt. Leftover down feathers from the jackets? Sew together two pieces of fabric and stuff with the feathers for a luxurious down pillow. This way, you are not only limiting waste, but also keeping naturally insolated and warm so your thermostat can take a break!

2)      Seal your house! During the winter, heat escapes from all vents and cracks open, so the best way to keep your house warm is to make sure they are sealed. Leaving windows open causes heat to escape making it impossible to maintain a temperature, inevitably causing your bills to skyrocket. Try opening a couple windows during the hottest part of day (between 1-3pm for U.S Eastern Time) or when the sun is at its highest. This will allow some fresh, not-so-cold air into the house to prevent stuffiness. Also, for those with chimneys, remember to close the chimney vent when not in use since a lot of heat can escape from there – just remember to open it when you go to light the fire!

3)      Layer your clothing! I know that when the winter season is just beginning all the stores start selling their latest sweaters, scarves, jackets, boots, and more. However, there is a cheaper way to stay warm during the winter – wear layers. Of course, sometimes you see that really stunning cable knit that you absolutely must have, but you definitely do not need an entire new wardrobe. By layering items such as tank tops, long-sleeved shirts, sweaters or sweatshirts, winter coats, and scarves you will be plenty warm enough and still look winter chic. Also, you can wear a pair of tights underneath your pants for added warmth!

 

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