I have several things I do to keep myself and my pets warm in the winter without getting heating bills through the roof!
Source: Years of trying to stay warm!
By Cricketnc from Parkton, NC
Personally I would never put an electric blanket anywhere near my dog. He sucks on his special blanket every night when he goes to sleep but you never know when one may decide to chew on the electric blanket. I just don't think this is a good idea. But Cricketnc has some other very good tips. Thank You Cricketnc!
I have 2 very small Chihuahuas and they have heating pads under the blankets on their beds. It has worked well for 8 years. The rooms I do not use are closed and vents turned off. The upstairs is an open, so I put curtains on the top of the stairs too keep the cold from coming down stairs and heat from raising up into it.
Closets are kept close. Alot of cool air comes out of my closets and there is no need to heat it. The entry to the house is curtained off too so the cold air does not come in the rest of the house when the door is opened.
At night I always watch TV in bed and use a yardage of fleece over the top of the top portion of me. I can stick my arms out from the covers that go over me and still use my remote while keeping my upper body warm. Sometimes I put my fleece housecoat on backwards while sitting up in bed to keep toasty. It is like a snuggle.
Fleece is a wonderful thing, as it really is a lot warmer than yarn afghans.
Wearing socks to bed warms you up as does a stocking hat. Remember seeing those old nightcaps women wore? Same principle.
A nice warm drink before bed is a good thing, as it warm you from the inside out. I live in South Dakota and we have some cold winters, but I only have a woven cotton blanket and a thin feather quilt on my bed all winter.
For those of you with pets.Three Dog Night. <grin> I hate winter!
With my new heating system, my house is pretty warm on cold days but I still cover my dogs with warm blankets. Using an electric blanket won't work for me as my two large dogs "make their beds" and I would be afraid their nails would go through to the wires when they "fluff" up the quilts, etc.
I also open the oven door after taking out the dish to further heat the kitchen. I let pasta water cool on the cooktop to put warm moisture in the air. Thanks Cricketnc! Jennifer, Northern Virginia
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