Keep The Heat Off & Bundle Up

Posted on September 30, 2007 by Allie

How long can you go before you turn the heat on this winter?

The other day, Erikka announced she’s holding off until at least November 1st.  Giving yourself a goal instead of just turning the heat on the first time you feel cold is a great way to save energy and save money.

Use throw blankets, wool socks, warm sweaters, and bed warmers to stay toasty without turning on the thermostat.  Cuddle up on the couch with an afghan and a cup of tea.  Go for a jog to get your blood circulating.

Of course, if you have elderly or infant members in your household, you’ll want to keep the temperature at a level that is safe and healthy for them.

When do you plan to turn on the heat?  What’s your favorite way to stay toasty without it?

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  1. I try not to use the heat until Thanksgiving. I don’t usually make it til then, but rarely use heat before Nov. 1. To stay warm, I use a throw blanket, hot drinks, and always wear socks! Plus, my cat likes to snuggle up, which helps! I also wear layers – turtle neck, sweatshirt and even a sleeveless t-shirt underneath if it’s really cold. Sweatpants are warmer than jeans and lined running pants even warmer. But there are times when I just can’t get warm no matter what I do; at those times, I throw in the towel and turn the heat on. The best thing about waiting later in the year to turn on the heat is that I acclimate to cooler temp easier than if I used it on the first chilly day.

    September 30th, 2008 at 4:17 pm
    Comment by Laura
  2. I won’t turn on the heat until the inside temp gets down in the low 50s. Maybe not even then. When it does get chilly, I like to sit with a hot water bottle in my lap or by my side, one thing those polycarbonate Nalgenes are still good for.

    September 30th, 2008 at 7:10 pm
    Comment by mickey

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