For many, the winter months are something to dread. Temperatures start dropping, the sun is out less, and it can be difficult to keep warm on particularly cold nights.
At the same time, remaining warm can end up being quite expensive when we look at the costs of house temperature control, heaters, electric blankets, and more.
There are, however, a variety of different ways of staying nice and toasty that don’t also involve breaking the bank by the time the end of the month has swung around.
Invest In Thermal Clothing
It might seem counter-intuitive to spend more money on staying warm when the idea is to save as much money as possible, but some investments are worth it in the long run. Thermal clothing was once only available to those that would be hiking up to the top of the mountain, but these days it’s easier than ever to simply load up a website and order anything online. Good quality thermal clothing does not come cheap, but it’s almost always a once in a lifetime purchase that can ultimately save countless thousands over an entire lifetime. Thermal clothing also has the added benefit of being highly transportable, making it perfect for taking with on long trips to areas that have lower temperatures, and great to wear while you find new games to play now.
One popular way that gardeners keep their greenhouses warm is by warming up large bottles of water in the sun and then putting them around their greenhouse during the night. These bottles, which have to be quite large – at least 10 litres – will slowly absorb the sun’s energy and warmth over the course of the day, and then just as slowly release that energy as ambient heat. They may not be as effective as a proper heat, and lugging that much water around can be exhausting, but there are few cheaper ways of warming up a house, as all the items needed can be acquired totally for free.
Insulation is designed to keep houses warm during the colder months, but it’s well known that many contractors will not add nearly enough insulation to a house to keep it sufficiently warm. The only way to tackle this problem is by getting more insulation, and then installing it in places where it’s needed the most. This can depend entirely on the layout of the house. Some houses have extra room in the walls for insulation, but for the most part, any extra insulation will need to go into the empty spaces in the ceiling, which is where it will be the most effective.
Hot food and beverages are among the best ways of raising our core body temperature. In fact, it can be more effective than having a blanket. It’s important to note, however, that this does not apply to alcohol, which has become a common myth. Consuming alcohol actually reduces the body’s internal temperature and can lead to more serious conditions.