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Keep warm without turning up the heat

Keep warm without turning up the heat

The higher you set your thermostat, the more you'll pay to heat your home. If you feel cold and are tempted to turn up the thermostat, try these tips first:

  • Put on warm clothes. Wearing a sweater and warm socks can make a big difference in your comfort. Several light layers of clothing are usually more comfortable than one thick layer. Long underwear keeps you warm indoors as well as outdoors.
  • Move around. Even a few minutes of vigorous activity can make you feel warmer. Try exercising or doing household chores.
  • Keep a blanket near your seating area and cover up when sitting.
  • Have a warm drink or eat some hot food.
  • Windows are usually the coldest surface in a room, so close the drapes or shades at night. If your favorite chair is too close to a cold window, it can make you uncomfortable. Moving chairs or sofas away from cold windows or walls can help.

Remember: Don't use your oven to keep warm. It's not safe to use the oven as a room heater.

Tips for staying warm while sleeping

  • Add more blankets or comforters.
  • Wear warm pajamas and socks.
  • If you're concerned about children kicking off their blankets at night, pajamas with attached feet can keep them warm.

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