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8 Ways to Keep your House Warm on a Budget


Unless you live somewhere south of the equator, chances are, it is cold where you are. And if you do live somewhere south of the equator… Any room for guests?

Just kidding, sort of. The truth is, I absolutely hate, no, that’s not nearly strong enough a word… I despise, abhor, and detest being cold. And the sad thing is, it doesn’t even get that cold in Texas. (Hats off to those of you in Minnesota—I don’t know how you do it!)

In November I wrote a post all about the benefits of space heaters, as I’d recently moved into a new home that was… well, a little drafty to put it nicely. Two months later, it is just getting colder and I am still in my poorly insulated and drafty home—albeit, much more comfortably with my three space heaters. But it’s getting a little old having to layer up and put on boots as soon as I get out of bed, so I started wondering if there wasn’t something else out there I was missing.

As it turns out there were several somethings out there I was missing. So if you’re in a chilly, old house like me, or maybe you just want to cut down on your heating or electrical bill, check out these very inexpensive and simple tips to keep your house warm without cranking up the heater.

When you crack a window you are letting out more than just the smell...

1)   Check your windows. This may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how often a tiny crack between window frame and window can go unnoticed. You can use a lit incense stick and watch the smoke to see if there is a draft in the window, and if there is, cover it with tape (if it is a crack in the glass), or a towel or plastic (if there is a gap beneath the window.)

2)   Seal those doors. Just like windows, heat can escape from beneath and around doors and cold can get in. So if there is any space at all, block it with weather stripping (inexpensive) or at least some old towels.

Make sure the doggie door and the Santa door are both closed off

3)   Close your flu. I know, that sounds weird. But if you have a fireplace, be sure that you close your flu when you don’t have a fire going. Matter of fact, it is a good idea to minimize the number of fires you have during the winter anyway, because, believe it or not, they make the rest of your house colder.

Make sure there is no furniture or stray babies blocking your heating vent.

4)   Do some rearranging. Be sure to move your furniture—couches, chairs, potted plants, etc.—away from the vents in your home during the winter. This might seem obvious, but when you look around, you might be surprised to find what is blocking the airflow!


5)   Close off any unused rooms. This will stop air from circulating as much which will reduce heat loss and will also create another barrier between you and the cold weather outside.

Candle? Can'duh!

6)   Redecorate. By simply putting up a heavier, thicker set of curtains you can block drafts from both windows and doors. Be sure to open them during the day while the sun is shining to heat up the room, and close them at night. Curtains aren’t always exactly cheap, though, so if you’re not fussed about the aesthetics, you can throw a blanket or two up.

7)   Light candles. You might be surprised how much heat a bunch of little candles can produce. Be sure to be mindful of where you place them, of course, and never leave them burning when you’re not around!

If none of these tips warmed your house, maybe this picture of two Pandas cuddling will at least warm your heart

8)   Cuddle. Ladies, winter is your season, because whether he likes to cuddle or not, it will keep you both warmer, and you wouldn’t want to catch a chill and get sick, would you? Cuddling is 100% free and 100% effective. So if you’ve got a cuddle buddy or even a pet, light some candles, get close and use that body heat to stay warm!


Do you have any tips or tricks to keep warm in the winter? Share them below!


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