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Winter Ideas to Keep You Warm

Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes articles that are interesting to her readers.


Wear Winter Caps, Scarves and Gloves

Fifty percent of your body's heat is lost when your head isn't covered. When you go outside, wear a wool or acrylic knit cap to keep the heat in. You definitely will notice the difference if your head is covered.

A cap is much better than a hat to wear because a cap can cover your ears as well. It is better to be warm than fancy when you are outside during the cold weather months.

Just as it is recommended to wear a cap to keep your head warm, also wear a wool scarf or a heavy scarf around your neck to keep it warm. Also wear gloves to keep your hands warm.

Keep Moving to Keep Warm

If you are outside in the cold, walk around instead of standing still. Your body produces more heat if you walk for 10 minutes than if you wait 20 minutes for a bus. Keep moving to keep warm.


Use Petroleum Jelly

Before going out into the cold, rub petroleum jelly into your hands. Then put on your gloves. Hands will stay warm.

You can also use petroleum jelly on your lips to keep them from being chapped.

Most households keep Vaseline on hand anyway. The petroleum jelly has been around for 140 years. Because of its mixture of natural waxes and mineral oils, Vaseline locks in moisture and protects the skin.


Keep Windows Clean

A simple strategy such as keeping your windows sparkling clean in winter can help keep your house warm during the cold season. Spotless window glass lets in more sunlight than dirty window panes.

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It takes only a little amount of time to clean your windows. As a result, you will have a warm house that will last all winter.

Keep Bathroom Warm

Hot bath water will help keep your bathroom warm in the cold weather months if you leave the water in the tub before draining the tub.

The water will also add humidity to contribute to the comfort of your house.


Use an Electric Blanket

It takes less energy to run a thermostatically controlled electric blanket than it does to maintain daytime thermostat settings throughout your sleeping hours.

Electric blankets don't cost that much these days. You can purchase one at a bargain price that will save you money by keeping you warm on cold nights instead of turning your thermostat higher.


Lower Thermostats

For each degree you set your thermostat above 70 degrees F, you can expect a 3 percent rise in energy cost.

For most people, a comfortable setting for the day is 65 degree F. For most people, a comfortable setting for the night is 55 degree F.

Check For Air in Your House

Walk around the house with a lighted candle in your hand on a cold windy day to see where cold air could be entering around doors and windows. The wind will blow the candle out. Then you will know where the air is coming from.

After you find where the air is coming from, keep those areas covered to keep the cold air out.

Stay Warm

Use one or more or a combination of these ideas to stay warm during the winter months.

Keep all body parts except your face covered when you go outside in the cold.

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