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14 Tips for Using Less Heat this Season

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13. Throw a Party

This is a great time of year to host a get-together. Next time you’re having a large group of people over, turn down the thermostat. All of those bodies will warm things up in no time!

14. Eat for Warmth

Cold weather makes us crave soups and stews, and this is a situation where it’s great to give in! A piping hot meal warms you from the inside out.

Do you have any tips for keeping warm when the temperature’s dropping?

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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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5:15PM PDT on Oct 20, 2014

Exercising early in the day warms you and sets you up for maximum energy for the rest of the morning and into early afternoon. Exercising later in the afternoon warms you up into the early evening hours and helps you have enough energy to finish the day well. Think: bike riding (if it's not snowy/icy out), walking, jogging, splitting wood, sledding/skating with the kids, even building a snowman, and, of course, shoveling the driveway. And don't touch that thermostat til you've at least tried adding a'll be surprised how effective it is.

5:10PM PDT on Oct 20, 2014

Weird. Why does this primer in using less heat show a thermostat set at 68 degrees? Yikes! Would've been way more effective to show a thermostat set at a cooler, more reasonable temp........68 degrees? Really? Good grief! Try 62 or at least 65....the environment will thank you, your wallet will thank you, your health will thank you.

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!

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