How to heat without a heater

thA7U0FXRIIn the winter, the one thing that many of us dread is our heating bill. Especially if you live on one of the northern state. Although we hate to see it skyrocket, we also cannot go without; to put it simply it is just too darn cold!

What can you do otherwise then? I mean going without heat is unheard and dangerous.   Nevertheless, how can you heat you home without relying completely on the furnace or boiler? Is there even a way that a person can do that?

There is a way, there is a way! Do not fret there is always a way. This year instead of Turing up the thermostat in your home, try one of these to turn up the heat without turning up that gas bill.

Use your fireplace

I cannot count the number of times I have been in someone home with a fireplace, that works, and they never use it. What up with that? Use that bad boy! One of the best and oldest to heat you home without having to rely on your furnace or a heater to do it. By using this during the colder months of the year you not only effective and efficiently heat your home, you will not have touch the thermostat.

Seal all windows and doors

Go around your home with your hand and check if you have any draft around your windows and doors. Actually what I like to do is light an incense and watch how the smoke blows along different sills. This too will let you know if there are any leaks. Then get to caulking, weather-stripping, and insulating. Keep the cold air outside and the warm air inside.

Area rugs and carpet

Hardwood floors are beautiful and timeless update to any home. Trust me I know. I have hardwood floors throughout my entire home. They are beautiful. However, freezing during the winter months. A few years ago, I was told that having some large area rugs to place on the floor is a great way to insulated and hold heat in a room. Such a simple thing to do but it is very effective.

Old school lightbulbs

I love those energy efficient CFL’s bulbs but those older type of bulbs produce heat. That means by turning on the lights you can raise the temperature of you home. Even if it is by a degree, it will make a different. Maybe consider during the winter changing the bulbs in your home to those regular ones.

Cook and bake more and more

Sometimes I bake something just so I do not have to turn up the thermostat. It seem so obvious but many of us do not consider just cooking and baking more at home add to the overall temperature of the home. I mean your oven and stove generate a lot of heat use this to your advantage. Heat your home and fill your belly all in one swoop.

All these are wonderful tips that worth giving a try. With that being said. When it comes to heating my home, I will try anything. However, I have to say the best thing that efficient heated my home was upgrading to an energy efficient heating system.

It Really is a Winter Wonderland

thCVS1D1R6So often when the snow start to fall and the temperature drops, folks stay indoors. Its seem like staying inside in the warm and cozy home is more inviting than trudging outside in the snow and bitter cold. However novel this may be after some time a person cannot help but go a little crazy. Especially if you are like me and enjoy behind outside. If I am stuck in the house for, too long I feel as if the walls are closing in on me. When this happens, I like to do any number of activities. Something to get me out of my beautiful cage and enjoying something new and exciting. With a little of physical excursion.

One of my favorite activities to do outside or indoors for that matter is to go ice-skating. Nothing a cold winter day then enjoying a cup of hot cocoa and gliding across a sheet of ice. I remember the first time I went ice skating I was petrified that I would fall on my butt in front over everyone.   Making a complete fool of myself. To my surprise, I did not fall and I had the best of time. So much so that I started taking lessons now I am a pro. Ok maybe I am not a pro but I am pretty darn good if I say so myself.

Another activity that can only happen during the winter months is snowshoeing. It is so perfect to go out earlier in the morning when the sun has just showing. When those rays first appear and the snow is just glistening and twinkling.   With a million diamonds. It is so beautiful. The crispness of the air and fresh smell of pine and ice. It is something worth trying. Especially in the woods where you can watch all of the animals strong enough to bear the winter months out taking care of their morning activities. If you have ever witness a fox hopping through the snow searching for a great meal. It is both comical and amazing.

If you have a need for speed, you should definitely try sledding. It is easy to do and does not require any type of skills. Just a sled and a bottom. Oh and a hill with some snow. It is so much fun. Here are a few tips for those that may be new to the activity. If you do not have a sled, a trash can lid works well. I move to the Icey north after living years in the south. When I saw some kids sledding, I wanted to try it out for myself. Not owning a sled or a really knowing what one was I used the lid from one of my trashcans. Such a blast! Another little hint to increase the fun. If you wax the bottom of your sled, you will go faster.

There are so many things to do when the white stuff hit the ground. There no reason to feel like you have to isolated or trap inside of your house afraid to experience the world outside. Add a few extra layers to your outfit, don some warm hat and gloves, then get outside and experience the wonders that winter has to offer. Do not let a drop in temperature slow you down or impede in your merry making.

It only last for a few months, might as well enjoy it.   I know I will!