Five ways to stay cozy this winter without raising your thermostat

Did you know that you can save energy in the winter by setting the thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit while you’re awake and setting it lower while you’re asleep or away from home? By turning your thermostat back by 10 to 15 degrees for 8 hours, you can save about 5 to 15 percent a year on your heating bill. Here are some budget-friendly ways you can keep comfortable without turning up the thermostat.

  1.  An electric blanket
    Whether you’re experiencing extremely cold winter temps or you simply “run cold,” an electric blanket can deliver quick warmth like a regular throw or blanket cannot. Electric blankets can include a variety of features, like timers and dual temperature settings. This winter consider an electric blanket instead of turning up the heat, and your energy bill will thank you.
  2. Warm feet
    One of the easiest ways to stay cozy at home is to keep your feet warm. Our feet play a critical role in regulating body temperature, so when your feet are warm, your body automatically feels warmer. Try a pair of comfortable wool socks or house slippers to stay toasty.
  3. Sunlight
    When the sun is shining, take advantage and harness natural warmth from sunlight. Open all curtains, drapes and blinds in your home to let the sunshine in — you’ll be able to feel the difference.
  4. Humidifier
    Another way to make your home cozier is to use a humidifier. Cold air doesn’t hold water vapor like warm air, so by adding humidity inside your home, you can feel a little warmer. A favorable level of humidity inside your home can also help clear sinuses, soften skin and improve sleep.
  5. Area Rugs
    Beyond adding visual appeal to your home, area rugs can also provide extra insulation and a warm surface for your feet on cold winter days. Use large area rugs in rooms where you spend the most time. You’ll enjoy the new colors and textures of the rug, and the additional warmth will help keep your home comfortable.

These are just a few ways you can stay cozy this winter without turning up the thermostat — and don’t forget the hot chocolate!