This winter has been a pain in everyone's frozen behind!
Temperatures have plummeted to record-breaking lows and your energy bills have risen to record-breaking highs.
Here are 10 hacks to get you feeling more cozy and warm this winter, without having to spend more money on your heating bill.
1. Flip the switch on your ceiling fan.
Most people think fans only serve a purpose in the summer, but they do have benefits during the cold season. Many ceiling fans have a switch that allows people to change the rotation of the blades. Flip the switch so that the blades turn clockwise to push warm air from the ceiling down to the ground. You'll be using less of your heating unit if you turn your fan on often.
2. Close room doors when not in use.
Not only will this allow your rooms to warm up faster, you'll also be saving money on energy bills because you're using less energy to heat a small space.
3. Block the wind/cold using a pool noodle.
Those who live in apartments dread the cool breeze that rushes underneath their main door. Instead of stuffing a carpet or a makeshift draft blocker that barely works, use a pool noodle to block that unwanted air current.
4. Trick your thermostat to turn the heat on.
If you've got a thermostat that only turns the heat on when it reaches a certain temperature, you'll want to remember this trick. Put something frozen on top of the thermostat and your house will start getting warmer in no time.
Keep going to learn how you can keep warm this winter without spending too much money on electricity bills!
5. Let in natural sunlight.
If you wake up before sunrise and the forecast is clear, open your blinds to let in sunlight before you leave to work. If your house has many windows that let in plenty of sunlight, you're going to be really pleased with the results. The sun will warm up your home better than your heating unit!
6. Always have a hot drink handy.
Choose what hot drink you prefer, whether it's water, hot chocolate, tea, or coffee, and keep it close to you to sip or hold in your hands.
7. Make sure nothing is blocking your ventilation systems.
This one is a no-brainer, yet many people are guilty of forgetting to do this! Air ducts are strategically placed close to windows, which usually means they can get hidden under long drapes or furniture. Whatever it is you have to do, clear the way!
8. Pre-warm your bed before snuggling in.
Most people claim they can't fall asleep until they feel warm and cozy. If you don't have a dog, cat, or family member to do this for you, try using electric blankets, freshly warmed sheets, or hot water bottles or bags to heat up your bed.
9. Do a little bit of exercise to warm yourself up.
You don't want to work up a sweat, but doing a couple jumping jacks or yoga moves will increase blood circulation.
10. Layers. Layers. Layers.
We've all experienced that feeling where our entire body feels like frozen meat in the winter. Our toes feel basically nonexistent and our legs feel like two aching, heavy popsicles. The two places you want to make sure are always covered and warm are your feet, head, neck, and chest. If your legs suffer the most in winter, try wearing pantyhose or long underwear under your pants to keep you warm.