Energy Efficient Ways To Keep Warm This Winter

Insulate Your Home

Insulation prevents the migration of thermal energy into and out of a home. It keeps homes cooler in the summer and warmer in winter, meaning lower energy bills and a more comfortable environment.

Besides doors and windows, drafts can leak into homes through electrical outlets, lights, AC units and fireplaces. It’s important to seal those leaks and add more insulation where needed to keep your home warm.

Dress In Layers

Layering can be a great way to stay warm without cranking up the heat. Layering involves using clothing made of different materials with varying insulating properties. This allows you to regulate your comfort by putting on or taking off layers as your activity level and the weather conditions change.

Start with a base layer made of sweat-wicking fabric like cotton or merino wool. Then add an insulating middle layer like fleece or a wool sweater. Finally, wear a protective outer cover layer like a vest, light jacket, or poncho.

Rearrange Your Furniture

If you haven’t done so in a while, give your room, living room or guest space a good old-fashioned dusting and vacuum. This is a great opportunity to give those hard-to-reach spots under your sofa, bed or dresser a once-over.

You should also consider rearranging your furniture to avoid blocking any air vents. According to Designer Mag, blocking these passages can force your heating system to work harder to warm up the room.

Get Moving

In order to stay warm, your body has to move around in order to generate heat. This is especially important in cold weather. The more you sit or lie down, the faster your body will lose heat to the surrounding cold air.

It’s a common misconception that cranking up the thermostat will warm your home more quickly, but this only wastes energy by forcing your furnace to work harder and raise your heating bill.