Winter Warmth Tips

I have several things I do to keep myself and my pets warm in the winter without getting heating bills through the roof!

  1. Since my home has a fairly large living area and it is wide open, I use a kerosene heater to heat just the space that we spend the most time in (living room). I make sure the ceiling fans are on low and blowing down to circulate the air. Any room that is not being occupied gets closed off.
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  2. I hang a sheer curtain between the living room and the kitchen because the kitchen gets heated up when I cook. Other than cooking, I'm only in there for maybe a minute or two at a time and can stand the cold that long. I put lots of fishing weights in the bottom hem of the curtain to keep it from billowing.

  3. For my dogs, I keep an electric blanket spread out on the couch, plugged in and turned to low. I spread a blanket on top of the electric blanket and then give them an afghan to snuggle up under. I keep a smaller one on my recliner for myself with an afghan.

  4. For night time for my dogs, I put a small electric blanket on the floor under their bed cushion, turned on low. Then I give them 2 blankets to snuggle up under. I also have my own electric blanket on my bed too.

  5. I don't like taping up my windows because here in the south, even in winter, we do get a few (if far between) nice days when I can open the house up for a few hours. So I make sure my windows and doors are all insulated as best as I can. But I take down all my heavy drapes and just use sheers and blinds on the windows. That way the sun can come in and help to warm the house up too.

  6. When I do cook, when the cooking is done, I leave the oven door open so the heat permeates into the room. I also don't turn the burners off on the stove till the last minute, then allow the heat from them to permeate as they cool.

  7. In winter, I lay out as many throw rugs as I can find over as much of the hard floors as possible.

  8. While I'm in the tub or shower, I throw my pajamas or clothes (depending if I'm getting up or going to bed) into the dryer to tumble while I'm getting clean. Then I hurry up and put them on while they are still warm from the dryer. Oh! How nice that feels!
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Source: Years of trying to stay warm!

By Cricketnc from Parkton, NC

November 10, 20090 found this helpful

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!

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November 10, 20090 found this helpful

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!

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November 11, 20090 found this helpful

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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