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Coping with winter

Delhi Life-Style - Tuesday, October 30, 2012 10:32:22 AM

Winter is getting worse year after year and every year along with winter comes heavy electricity bill due to extra consumption for heater, so here are some tips to help you cope with the winter and save some money and electricity.

Go around your house and check all of your windows. Check to see that all of your windows are properly shut. This includes making sure storm windows are down and your Windows should be latched.

Check around the door frame and also under the door. You may want to buy weather stripping or a door sweep. Again, at minimum, make a draft blocker (if you're the crafty sort) or stuff a towel at the bottom of the doors.

Close off any unused rooms. The closed door makes that room another barrier between you and the wicked winter weather. It also stops air from circulating as much, which reduces heat loss.

Put up sets of heavy curtains. These can block drafts on both windows AND doors. Open them when the sun is shining to help pull in the solar heat into your house and close them when it gets cloudy or dark out to better keep the heat in.

Dress warmly hats are a great idea, as it is a well known fact that 75% of your body heat escapes from your head. Layer yourself with loose clothing article, rather than tight.. heat accumulates in the folds of the layers, keeping you much warmer than a tight sweater.

You should wear slippers with socks, preferably two pair or one pair of wool socks. Wool is your friend! Don't wear your winter coat indoors, this will not help you if you have to go outside for any reason.. you'll just feel colder faster. Cover up with blankets if you are just sitting around, but that's just common sense.

Steam will raise the moisture level in your home, making you feel warmer. Make a large pot of soup, put the kettle on for tea (or cocoa, or instant coffee.. whatever you please) Bake bread or cookies. Your oven will help to heat the kitchen. The kitchen will be warm while you are cooking and the hot food will help take off the chill. Make sure to leave the oven door open after cooking/baking to allow the heat to escape into your house.

Eat healthy fats! This will keep your thyroid and metabolism functioning properly, and you'll stay much warmer.

Candles can produce a lot of heat, but be mindful of where they are placed and do not leave them unattended. If you look in the right places you can find candles on the cheap and if all else fails, a two dollar package of tea-lights could make a nominal difference.



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