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small measures with ashley: heat saving suggestions

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A cold wind swept into my cove this weekend. I don’t know if it was from the north, the south, the east, or the west, but I do know that it has moved me firmly out of tank tops and flip-flops and into thermal henleys and wool socks. In addition to a wardrobe shuffle, the change in temperature got me thinking about the impending need to have firewood delivered for the wood stove and propane brought in for the furnace. Firewood and furnaces got me thinking, in turn, about money (and the recession) and the environment. I know I’m not alone here. Not only does the use of winter fuel cost us our hard-earned dollars, it exacts a hefty toll on planet, too. All of those combustible materials disperse into the atmosphere when burned. According to the National Resources Defense Council , electric power plants are the single largest source of pollutants that contribute to global warming in the United States. [image above: swans island blanket and alpaca hot water bottle cover]

In an effort at saving cash and reducing carbon emissions alike, I try to turn low-fi when the mercury dips. I realize what I do won’t warm everyone. My grandmother is perpetually chilly, even in summer, while my brother’s internal temperature renders his cheeks always warm and rosy. In my 1920′s house, though, (way overdue for an insulation makeover, which will happen, when time and funds allow) I’ve found the cold-warrior methods listed below bring a bit of much needed warmth ’round the old hearth. I know the time will eventually come when supplemental heat will become necessary. Until then, and even once that need arises, my heat-saving (and heat-retaining!) small measures provide a hugely welcome thermal injection. Many will seem obvious, others will induce “Ah Ha!” moments (hopefully). I’m not trying to re-invent the wheel or be the high priestess of cold-warring endeavors here, just merely offering a few tips on helping you feel the heat while saving Benjamins.

CLICK HERE for ashley’s heat (and money) saving tips after the jump!

blankets
blankets
I find few things more satisfying than a warm blanket and a cozy spot on the couch. Grab a great book and there’s little left to do but sigh in contentment.

heavy curtains
It’s incredible just how much cold can be kept at bay through employing the use of heavy curtains. My north-facing bedroom warms up considerably once I pull the curtains tight in the evening (two dogs on the bed at night don’t hurt either!).

hot-water-bottle
hot water bottles
Great for both menstrual cramps and cold toes, hot water bottles are a fantastic way to fight the chill. I fill mine up with the hottest water my tap provides, and then snuggle under the covers. Would work great for a couch-bound warm-up, too.

socks
socks
My feet were forever frosty until I began investing in proper cold weather foot and leg ware. Now I have an arsenal of cotton tights, wool socks, warm knee highs, and toasty leggings to help stave off the chill.

storm windows
If you’ve got ‘em, use ‘em. If not, consider installing them or ask your property owner about having them added. Storm windows provide an incomparable extra layer of insulation against cold temperatures and high winds.

sweaters
sweaters
Now is the time to bust out your most beloved cardigans and revel in your favorite pullovers. Sweaters are an instant ticket to a warmer body. I keep a rotating collection to complement every activity and style whim.

tea
tea
My tea collection seems to reproduce itself exponentially with little assistance on my part, which is fine by me. There’s a pantry’s-worth, ready for chilly mornings, frosty evenings, and any time in between when a bit of liquid warmth is in order. Spicy blends are especially good at warming up extremities, so I always keep ginger and chai offerings on hand.

thermostat
Setting your daytime thermostat temperature at 68 degrees F and nighttime (or away from home) temperature at 55 degrees F during the cooler months will go a long way towards curbing emissions and costs alike.

weather stripping
Easily sourced from your nearby hardware store, weather stripping is an invaluable tool in your cold warrior quest. Super affordable and easy to install, weather stripping is available in a number of forms. Rubber and plastic adhesive-backed or felt are probably the most affordable and easiest options for renters, while metal would perhaps be a more suitable choice for homeowners, or those who intend to remain in the same location for more than 3 years. This tutorial on How Stuff Works will help get you navigating around the weather-stripping world.

windowsill-sweep
windowsill blankets/door sweeps-shoes
I have several small, old windows in the house that lack storm windows. For these, I use a windowsill blanket, resembling very much a rather long hot dog. This infinitely handy gadget fills in the gaps that wind and cold air would otherwise slip through. They are also great used in the same manner on the bottom of doors, especially in unused, or seldom used, rooms.

I’d love to hear your cold-fighting tactics. When it comes to staying warm this season, an ounce of prevention (and preparation) are worth a heap of savings, fiscally and environmentally.

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sarah

these are all great. the water bottles idea is new to me. (will try it) last year i discovered the power of sipping on good whiskey. (templeton rye is my favorite)

Kim

These tips are very timely. Another good tip for keeping cold air from leaking from your windows is to caulk them. This is a very simple DIY project and instructions can be found at your local hardware store or online.

Something that I have found to be very useful is also to install plug outlet covers on any unused outlets. About 20 percent of the air that escapes your home escapes through outlet openings.

Also, check with your electric provider. Many will perform a home energy audit for free and can tell you exactly how and where energy is lost in your home and what measures to take to fix it.

helen

i use a hot water bottle all the time, and i love the “sweater” yours has on! however, i find that boiling water in the kettle (rather than getting it from the tap) and then carefully pouring it into the hot water bottle gets you the warmest for the entire evening and night!

Karin Dalziel

Those are all great suggestions. A few others I use:

Cut off gloves – I buy those cheap (2/$1) gloves – a bunch in the same color – and cut off the fingertips. I wear these around the house just about all winter, and they’re especially nice when reading – I can still turn the page, but my hands stay warmer.

I will often put my feet in a warm bucket of water before I go to bed. It is super relaxing, though it does make me feel a bit old lady like. ;)

I also use an electric blanket – usually just to warm up the bed. There’s nothing like crawling into a warm bed at night, but the heat can get a little overwhelming if left on all night.

Shandell's

Yes, it is time again to weather proof our lives. Hot water bottles are the best, when ever I visited my Grams in England, that is how she warmed the bed, as turning on the heat was not an option. I never remembered her house as ever being warm. Socks and sweaters have been puled out for the long cold months ahead.

lealou

question about firewood… I moved into a 1920s house in February with a fireplace and I’m concerned with the air quality etc from the fire… I just don’t know what is best for me and the environment when it comes to fireplaces. Any thoughts?

Lydia, Clueless Crafter

Karin, that’s a great at home idea. My hands are always ice buckets and I can barely type in the winter. I’m going to dig up all those mini gloves and give them a good chop.

Cymbidy

Love the tips, Ashley. Two questions though, to anyone who can answer them:

I live in a 1930s home, and our fireplace has no fan or anything. When we open the flue we can just feel the heat getting sucked out of the room, and the fire has to be kept roaring for us to feel any warmth from it at all. Any pointers?

Also: I would be fine keeping the heat lower at night and snuggling with a hot water bottle (and a husband), but we have a two-year-old who kicks off his blankets at night. Besides footie pj’s, any other thoughts?

genevieve

Hi Lealou, fireplaces actually don’t provide all that much warmth–they just send the heat (and smoke) right up the chimney. They look cozy though!

You could consider a wood stove insert though, that captures the heat in the cast iron and radiates it out more slowly. They also have better emissions control, and because they burn so much hotter than a fireplace, they convert more of what would be ash into heat. Any wood stove store would have lots of options, and while some of them look pretty chintzy, there are some nice-looking ones out there too!

The Tiny Homestead

great suggestions. I use most of them already, but I’m going to add the hot water bottle to my repertoire. I also use a heat blanket and large dog at night :)

I agree with the comment about fireplaces not being good for heating. Definitely need a wood stove to burn efficiently.

Jen O

another old fashioned practice: close off a room.

kids at nite: you can make a polar tec or comforter weight sleeper, but keep in mind that we have to learn to sleep under covers, he’ll catch on.

Kay

Hi Ashley, Great ideas. And I’d like to add another. When it gets really cold, I like to wear a soft, snuggly knit cap to bed. It makes me feel wonderfully old-fashioned. And it keeps me very warm too! My current favorite is a hot pink ski cap. I started doing this years ago when I was a child sleeping on the 3rd floor of Gran and Pop’s house, where the cold night winter wind would whip through the room. But I recommend not using a knit cap wih flannel sheets, unless you enjoy the feeling of your head velcro’d to the pillow!

Wendy

My favorite way to warm up my bed in the winter is with a hot pack from Grampa’s Garden. I bought one about 8 years ago when we lived in Maine, and have since given tons away as gifts. Now, each of my kids uses one too! They warm up in the microwave and stay warm for about 45 minutes. http://www.grampasgarden.com/

Courtney

I make Flax Packs; much like a hot water bottle and similar to what Wendy is describing. They’re so simple to make and I’ve even given them as presents. Simply sew two pieces of fabric together (like you would a pillow-inside-out and sew up three sides) fill with flax seed (I add lavender too) and sew closed. These can be heated in the microwave or stuck in the freezer and they really last…also, no waking up to a COLD water bottle!

One of my favorite cold weather treats is a little “grown-up hot coco” -hot chocolate and peppermint schnapps…mmmm

Tara

In addition to the tips (thanks!) I really like your writing style. Look forward to more posts.

JDV

Nothing beats a good down comforter for cold weather sleeping. I have one that I inherited from my father, they never wear out though sometimes you need to reinforce the channels to keep the feathers in place.

I’m a knitter, the best socks ever for cold weather I have to say are the wool ones that I made. They’re in lots of funky colors and patterns, after going barefoot most of the year I actually look forward to wearing these again!

Same with the fingerless gloves, great for working at the computer as well as anything else.

Remember that wool poncho you had to have that was fashionable for about a minute? Those are AWESOME around the house, hello wearable blanket!

Where can I get that water bottle cozy pattern?!?! Please share!

karen

try putting plastic over the windows. u buy a kit (they’re pretty cheap) put the tape around the windows, peel the tape backing off, put the clear plastic up, then if you’d like, blow on the plastic with a hair dryer to take out any wrinkles. takes about 5 minutes a window but works great!

Darlene

I loooove hot water sacks. Ours saves us in the winter, especially when my feet are frozen.

I also try to use the oven a lot more in the winter with loads of veggie roasting and pot pies. Leaving the oven door ajar after the food is ready really helps to warm up the kitchen.

Heather

Scarves! I wear scarves at work, at home…everywhere! It’s surpising how toasty you become with your neck wrapped up and happy!

Courtney

Thank you for these tips! I am one of those chronically cold types, but I’m looking forward to getting a hot water bottle this year. I think it’ll make a big difference.

Karen

I have a bunch of large, square throw pillows that spend the entire winter sitting on the window sills of my rented apartment. They block the drafts and are great decoration pieces.

Alison

Great tips! I want to get some heavier curtains to keep the heat in. Any suggestions on places that sell heavy curtains that are not to drab?

Candida

You don’t necessarily need heavy curtains – you can have whatever curtains you like/already have with a heavy backing that you can either sew in or just hang behind them and take out again in summer if you want a little more ventilation with your privacy. Thermal lining is coated cotton so you don’t even have to hem it, great for lazybones, just get a header tape along the top. I would add a curtain over the door that trails on the floor: keyholes, letterplates (maybe not for you in the US) and a less than perfect fit all suck heat.
I second the wheat/cherry stone/flax sacks. Microwaves heat things for much less energy than an electric kettle or a stove. But I did have to laugh at your thermostat – your nighttime/away is my all-the-time. I’d suffocate at 20/68!

Cait

I had a free home energy audit done last year (it is free for DC residents). I discovered that my house replaced its air every 10 minutes. Crazy.

The auditor installed a big blower in my door and he walked me around to show where all the airleaks were. I had a ton of leaks where the wall meets the floor and between my floor boards.

I spent about $60 on clear caulk, foam insulating backings for light switches and electrical outlets, and baby proof outlet covers. I hadn’t realized how drafty the house had been, but those small changes made a huge difference in my comfort.

He also told me that if you have to replace your windows you should put in the efficient ones, but that replacing then for energy efficiency alone wouldn’t be worth the money because not that much heat is actually lost through the windows (I live in a rowhouse, so there aren’t that many windows to make a difference).

Sara

Love this post as much for it’s snuggly feeling as the usefulness of the tips!
I’m already planning on keeping the central heating off as long as possible this winter. When we do need extra heat, we’ll just heat up the sitting room/kitchen and spend time together in there :)

Kat

Before getting into bed at night, I put my pajamas and a pair of warm socks and if it’s really cold a cotton sweatshirt into the clothes dryer on high heat for about 5 minutes. Putting on toasty-warm jammies and socks before jumping into bed is the sure cure for icicle hands and feet.

eileen

An electric mattress pad is the absolute best! Way better than an electric blanket, it doesn’t slide off the bed. The space between the pillow and the mattress gets even cozier, for cold hands and feet. Just add flannel sheets, and you’ll be toasted by morning!

Laura

We used to live in a very old, drafty house. After much research, we learned that adding blown-in attic insulation was quite cost effective. It was about $400 to have this done in central IL.
In our newer house, we just had a digital thermostat installed for free by our electric company, and the heating guys said that if you have a high-efficiency furnace, you should really not set the temp below 60 degrees as it’s hard on the furnace.
Most wood-burning fireplaces are not efficient at heating a house- the heat going up the flue causes a vacuum and can suck in cold air around doors/windows that defeat the purpose. Fires are best for cool but not cold weather.
Lastly, we invested $60 on a dual-controled heated mattress pad, which is THE BEST thing we’ve spent money on for comfort. Makes the bed nice and toasty but I can leave my half on, while my hubby can turn his off after laying down to go to sleep!

Sarah

Thank you so much for the great tips!! I will be employing the window pillows and will look over the weatherstripping tutorial. So many great ideas here. My main problem is cold hands, so I have a bunch of fingerless gloves that help take the chill off. Also I close off all the vents upstairs and hang a heavy curtain in the doorway at the bottom of the stairs. We rarely use the upstairs except when we have guests.

@ Cait, thank you so much for passing on your knowledge; good to know about windows. Like you, I spent a bit of money on caulking and foam spray this summer, and I hope it helps a bit.

Sydney

I have an attic bedroom, which has no heat. When I’m not home, my Mother hangs a fleece blanket over the doorway up the stairs to keep the drafts out.

On thing I noticed, and I usually do this while camping (tents + Canada), is that if you have an extra fleece blanket kickin’ about, but do not have flannel sheets (For some reason all the flannel sheets in our house are for twin beds, and none of us have twin beds anymore!) you can just frow the fleece on top of your normal sheet, and sleep on top of it. You won’t feel how cool the mattress is, and it really keeps the heat from escaping that way. Mmmm, snug like a bug in a rug!

I also use a single low-wat plug-in radiator to heat my room, but it only goes on when I’m in there, which is only really from 11pm to 8am.

Julie

Really good tips, everyone – thanks! I wanted to share something for the commenter with the 2-year-old – we have the same issue and a drafty house built in 1919.

In August we camped in the mountains and had to plan for 30 degree nights and a toddler that might not stay in the sleeping bag. We put her in 2 layers of jammies (cotton underneath fleece footies) with a hat on her head. The hat came off, so in retrospect it would have worked better if we could have fastened it on. However for the most part she was warm and toasty – until the first diaper change of the morning!

Right now we are using an electric space heater in her room that we can set to turn off when it gets warm enough (still cool, but warmer than the rest of the house, which hubby keeps at 62 overnight). I am not sure how energy-efficient this is, but I think it is more efficient than running the whole house at a warmer temp.

Some other tips – ensure you change your furnace filter regularly, and close heat vents in less-used areas. And wear long underwear! We live in Minnesota and in the winter and I wear long underwear all day every day, even under my work clothes.

rowan

I also live in an ollllddd home, and the upstairs bedroom is coooollld in winter. I got a heated mattress pad last year and it worked wonders.

I turn it on an hour before bed and leave it on low all night. Like the hot water bottle, it makes a cozy air pocket under your covers :)

Kit

Nothing beats those fleece “booties”…our California house is chil-l-ly much of the year, and fleece is the best for keeping warm. Great ideas, love the fingertip gloves!

Amy

Fleece slippers are almost a year-round staple for me. In addition, flannel pajamas, a warm robe or long cashmere cardigan, an electric blanket or mattress pad used just to take the chill out of the mattress and linens, and 3-in-1 down comforter.

Those Swans Island Blankets have been a pipedream for me for a long time. Some day…

Melissa Hill

I love this post! Thanks to everyone for all the ideas, I live in a hundred year old house that leaks cold air like crazy. I love flannel sheets in the winter, so you don’t get that cold feeling when you snuggle into bed. I’m working on making a tee-shirt quilt with an old wool blanket as the batting, I’m hoping that will help keep things cuddly, I also love hot water bottles, please post that cozy pattern, I was just planning to make some!

Barbara

I love snuggly weather! One of my new favorite things is a corn pillow. My mother-in-law gave it to me and it works similar to the flax pillow I saw listed above. A couple of minutes in the microwave and it is toasty warm. Perfect for the foot of the bed and you don’t have cold water at your feet in the morning!

Sharon

I woke up this morning thinking down duvets are the BEST! I could never go back to blankets. I can be feeling really cold and as soon as I jump under our duvet, instant warmth, with or without flannel sheets.

Yes to flannel pjs, fleece slippers, wool socks.

I love a woodburning fireplace; however we now have gas; the stove in our breakfast room is on a timer and warms up the house for us before we get up.

Best way to warm up, other than snuggling with our favourite person, is our favourite animal. Our 3 pussy cats sleep on our bed, and Gracie cannot get close enough. She will often sleep on my right side or my shoulder, curled into my neck. If you can get one of them under the covers on top of your feet – heaven!

Jenifer

Cait, did you seal the gap between your floors and baseboards? If so, how? I have that problem in my house too and have been wondering how to fix it.

Kit

Oh, and let’s not forget UGG boots, the best for all day long warmth home in chilly studio!

Meagan

If you’re looking for a good use for your old Nalgenes (the ones that leach BPA), they make excellent water bottles! Just fill with boiling water and use, or cover with an old sock. :-)

Gideon

One other alternative to the water bottle, much like the flax seed, is rice. Rice by itself doesn’t smell to great, but you can mix it with a nice smelling oil. I threw in some sprigs of lavender and it smells just lovely. I have a bag (pillow case technically) that’s about a pound and a half, but I’ve had it for a few years now, and it stays warm all through the night. Just don’t get it wet!

meg

For heavy curtains on the cheap, buy fleece yardage online or at your local fabric store. It won’t fray so you can cut it to length yourself. Use curtain clips or loop over and sew or safety pin to create a rod pocket.

I highly recommend double curtain rods (can be had at west elm). Or you can always safety pin to the back of what you’ve got. If you’ve got rod-pocket curtains, pin it to the back of the rod pocket so you’re not making holes to the visible side of the curtain.

For the two year old, I found fleece sheets on clearance at Kohl’s this summer. Don’t know if they have now, but definitely worth the look.

rebecca

I’ll second the rice bag – about a pound of rice inside a cotton fabric sack sewn up will stay warm a long time. (microwave +/- 2 minutes)

for a second layer of curtains you can get pressure rods that require no installation for about $2 at home depot. Sad to say that’s been our “temporary” curtain solution for too long. :)

Regarding the two year old – ours figured out the blanket thing almost overnight when he was cold in bed and got into the “big bed” under the snuggly covers. Not that he’d never been under a blanket, but when you’re cold and get in a warm bed the effect is pretty clear.

Also, one thing we do for heat control is to have the TV in a small room – which happens to have electric heat when the rest of the house has oil. It’s a lot cheaper to heat a small room in the evenings than a large living room.

good slippers (either hand knit wool) or sheepskin save me.

great post, great comments! here’s to being toasty!

Sibyl

My youngest brother was one of those wriggly babies, so mum made him a sleeping bag. It was like an extra-long dressing gown that buttoned along the bottom as well as down the front. The top had a hood attached as well as little mittens that you could fold back to let his hands free if necessary. When he got taller, she just cut off the extras and it became a regular dressing gown.

Christine

We live in a cold, hundred-year-old farmhouse up in the frozen tundra of Minnesota. During the winter, we close off the entire upstairs and don’t heat it (luckily, or unluckily, there isn’t any plumping up there to worry about).

For warm curtains, I turned white quilts (purchased on clearance at TJ Maxx) and wool military blankets into curtains. It was cheaper (and in my opnion, more interesting and attractive) than most of the insultated curtain options I had seen. Quilted and wool curtains, plus covering the windows with both bubblewrap and plastic, keeps most of the drafts at bay.

Erin

I live in Alaska and am always cold even in the summer! I LOVE my hot water bottle. A couple years ago I found a heart shaped one made out of vanilla sented rubber. Unfortunately it wore out after tons of use and sprung a leak. I have not been able to find another one since :(

For the person w/ the cold 2 year old – I use fleece wearable blankets on my daughter. They are by Kiddopotamus. I think I got mine at Toy R Us. My daughter is still in a size medium at 21 months. I know they have size large as well that might fit your son. I just layer one of those over her fleece footed pajamas and she stays toasty all night in a room that is probably at 64-65 degrees.

Megan Hull

We have just a heated foot warmer in the bed. I find that if my feet and arms are warm, I am good. We turn on the feet heat before we get into bed, and then we have to turn it off as it gets quite toasty under the down comforter and the flannel sheets.

We keep our thermostat set at 60, day and night. I also recommend scarves. I don’t like a sweater that constricts my neck, but I’ll wear a scarf since it can be loosened. My chest gets cold, and a nice scarf helps with that.

Amanda

I love these kinds of articles. It gets my wheels turning for simple solutions to the most basic and consistent problems. I live in San Francisco where it seems to be perpetually cold with the exception of those few warm fall days, but the weather never dips below freezing. The cold, fierce winds started a couple days ago so this is the perfect time to think about how to warm up. While we need proper insulation in our house, a heater is uneccessary 80% of the time. I would like to find a way to make it uneccessary 100% of the time, and these tips will surely help. My biggest ally against the cold is warm underclothing. I shop for slips of a thicker cotton material that I wear under dresses. Dense tights and high boots are always appropriate. Long cardigans and coats are my best friends. Lately I’m into cloche style hats, which keep my ears and whole body warm by retaining heat and blocking wind. I prefer vintage clothing for winter wear, as folks used to rely on heavy wool and insulating materials to keep them warm before central heating. Modern apparel is made with lesser quality, thinner materials. A vintage wardrobe makes you want to turn the heater off!

Amanda

Oh, and my mom made rice bags for all three of her daughters to help with menstrual cramps. It’s a perfect fit for my tummy with a flannel “pillow case” made for it to make washing easier. Now when I’m in pain or say I’m cold, my boyfriend finds my rice bag, heats it, and brings it to me. It’s smell, warmth, and fuzzy/soft texture makes me think of my mom, and the gesture from my boyfriend reminds me that home is where you make it. My cat snuggles with me and the rice bag because she likes the heat too. Everything about it is lovely and comforting.

Jackie

Hot water bottle tip:
Put a little cold water in first, then fill with boiling water, not all way, you don’t want it to be like a balloon, nothing worse than burst water
bottle. I’m from the north of England and that’s how my Grannie taught me how to fill a WB.
Also, I can’t live with out flannel sheets. I’m in the mountains near Lake Tahoe now.
This is my favorite blog and I always look forward to reading it.
Well done, and keep up the good work!

Jamie

Where did you get your windowsill blankets? I’ve been trying to do a google search for them and am not coming up with much. Thanks!

Eryn

Second the door snakes, our house is dreadfully inefficient, but until we win the lotto, there’s only so much we can do. We use no A/C in the summer and are all wood heat in the winter. We HAVE baseboard heaters, but they’re old, costly, inefficient, and scare me (dust inside + age + weird wiring).

We plastic up our windows starting mid-October, and leave that up until May 1st.

We combine both a down comforter and a wool blanket for max warmth.

Polar fleece is really the greatest modern invention, thank you US military. All our jammies are fleece, and I’m in long johns/fleece all day long.

Replacing our front door was the best thing we’ve done. That thing didn’t just leak at the bottom, it leaked on all 4 sides! Brrr!

ashley english

Jesy-My home contains both original, historic windows with storm window inserts. I’m a huge proponent of historic preservation myself, so we’ve managed to both retain the window’s aesthetic integrity while retaining heat.
Jamie-I found my windowsill blankets about two years ago at Bed, Bath, & Beyond. Here are a few other places to find them (also referred to as “draught/draft stoppers”):
http://www.nantucketbound.com/page3.html
http://www.amazon.com/Gaiam-Draft-Dodger-Stops-drafts/dp/B0009LDA3E
Or make your own:
http://chezlarsson.com/myblog/2009/02/draft-stopper.html
http://www.ehow.com/how_2177895_inexpensive-draft-stoppers.html

Amanda

Awesome tips from everyone. I just moved into a new house this spring, but my old apartment was very heat inefficient, so I kept it cold. I wore toe socks and a hat to bed and it worked well. I also have two Grandmas and several aunts that quilted, crocheted and knitted so there is not shortage of hand made warmness. My favorite is a quilt by my Grammy, that is not only warm but extra long.

Susan

I got distracted by the beautiful wedding posts and just remembered that I wanted to comment on this too!

For the 2 year old: If he is in his big bed, I highly recommend the electric mattress pad that others have mentioned. My niece in the frigid north always kicked off her covers, so my sister got her one for her twin bed. It keeps her nice and toasty with the blanket on or off. She just sets it to the lowest setting.
These are all great tips!

Teresa

I live north of the Dallas/Ft Worth area of Texas and it gets cold enough here in the winter for me. I call my Huny my heater because of the heat his body puts out so I’m usually toasty warm at night. But, he gets up at 2:00 a.m. to get ready for work and the heat quickly leaves the bed so I keep my favorite wool throw and a pair of socks on my side of the bed. With both eyes closed I throw on my socks and he covers me with the throw and I’m back to being toasty warm.

Huny is also pretty good at taking care of any house repairs to help with the insulation. He caulks any holes he finds in the brick mortar, adds insulation when needed and this year we got some solar screens for the west-facing windows. These are great for us here in Texas, they help stop the heat from the hot, hot sun, and I found that even though they help with the wind blowing thru you still get the air circulation that you need to keep the house cool and with our first chilling nights coming on, they help keep the drafts from coming through as well.

We have a fireplace that we love to use and with all the insulation that we have plus a not very large living room, we are able to keep the heater temps low and stay warm in the evening.

Socks, sweaters and blankets on the couch work for us as well..

Lisa S.

Down comforters and dual control mattress pad heaters with – hears the wonder of it – TIMERS. We love these – the bed is warm when we get there and we don’t have to think or remember. Almost idiot proof comfort.

patchwork

Thanks for the lovely talk here.Though not much of an in thing these days I love the hot water bags and the woolen cover you have made is very cute and nice.

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