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14 Tips for Using Less Heat this Season

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10. Drink Up

Fall and winter are all about spiced hot cider and delicious teas. If you’re chilly, you can warm your hands and your body with a hot beverage. Red wine can also warm your body, but you want to be careful not to use the cold as an excuse to overindulge!

11. Stay Active

Exercise is another one that does double duty. When you get moving, you can warm your body from the inside out, and that can last for a while even after you’ve settled down. Muscle helps generate heat, so weight-bearing exercise can actually help your body become more tolerant to cooler temperatures.

12. Reverse Those Fans

It might seem counter-intuitive to run the fans when it’s chilly in the house. Most fans have a switch on the side that lets you reverse the direction. Flip the switch so the blades turn clockwise, and it will help push warm air down.

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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6:05AM PST on Dec 18, 2013

Great information, thanks so much.

9:12PM PST on Dec 19, 2012

Thanks for the tips! I knew most of them but a little review never hurt anyone. :) I did reverse my fans though, thanks for that one! I have also noticed that even if I have on a hat & sweater & sitting in a room with a space heater my feet can still get cold. I find that I need to make sure I have dry socks on too! If your socks get wet from sweat your feet will get cold.

1:14AM PST on Dec 3, 2012

I have my heat set at 64F degrees. When I had ceiling fans, I used to do this trick too. I also like my tea.

9:09PM PST on Dec 2, 2012

Really good info.

4:41AM PST on Nov 30, 2012

Thanks for wonderful ideas!

12:15PM PST on Nov 29, 2012

good tips--and besides being better for the environment, it should save you money

11:18PM PST on Nov 28, 2012

Simple tip- turn a light on. It is a cheap form of heating. You use it too take the chill off a room.

5:57PM PST on Nov 28, 2012

great tips, thanks!

5:17PM PST on Nov 28, 2012

Instead of buying pajamas, I wear sweat pants and sweatshirts that are too old to wear in public but are still fine for warm sleepwear. Wearing socks to bed helps a lot too.

12:59PM PST on Nov 28, 2012

Thanks for the great info!

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