When temperatures drop, it’s tempting to just immediately crank up the heat. But before you reach for that thermostat, think about how you can keep yourself and your family warmer this winter— in greener AND less expensive ways. Here are some cool (brrr) ideas...

Fool The Eye
Oftentimes, warmth is a matter of perception. Warm colors and textures make you feel warmer so change up your decor. Try a throw you can snuggle under, too.

Bake Something In The Oven
Stews, roasts, casseroles, and soups are tailor-made for cold weather because they cook at low temperatures for a long time. Sure, they warm you up going down but they also warm up your house while cooking.

Let The Sun Shine In
Open your curtains and blinds during the day.

Warm Up Your Bedding
Switch to flannel sheets, a down comforter, and extra blankets.

Cover Your Head & Feet
Wear a hat and socks to bed at night.

Use a Humidifier
Humid air feels warmer. Try opening the bathroom door while showering.

Reverse Your Ceiling Fans
Since heat rises, run your ceiling fans in reverse. This will push the room’s warmest air back down nearer to the ground where you are—not shivering anymore.

Layers
Seems like a no-brainer but simply putting on more clothing will keep you warmer. 

Weather-ize
Check for drafts in doors and windows, sometimes ‘cozier’ is only a little re-caulking job away.

Space Heater
If you’re truly shivering, use a small energy-efficient space heater to warm just the room you’re in.

And take heart, spring will be here before you know it.

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