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Ways to Keep Warm (Without Turning Up the Heat)

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Trying to keep your heating bill down? Here are 22 ways to stay warm, without touching the thermostat:

  • Dress in layers
  • Wear wool
  • Wear thicker socks or slippers
  • Leave the oven open after you bake
  • Eat soup and other warm meals
  • Drink warm beverages
  • Open curtains and blinds during the day to let the sun in
  • Close curtains and blinds at night to keep out the cold
  • Pile extra blankets on your bed
  • Switch to flannel sheets and a down comforter
  • Snuggle up in a blanket whenever you're sitting down
  • Do something active (clean the house, exercise, etc.)
  • Wear a hat to prevent heat loss
  • Use a humidifier. Humid air feels warmer
  • Don't run the bathroom fan after you shower; the humidity will make the house feel warmer
  • Shut bathroom fans off as quickly as possible to prevent heat loss
  • Run ceiling fans in reverse to push warm air back down to the ground
  • Put on clothes as soon as they come out of the dryer
  • Use rugs on bare floors
  • Block drafts with weather stripping, rolled up towels or homemade draftstoppers
  • Keep your fireplace flue closed when you don't have a fire to prevent unnecessary heat loss
  • 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
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