Winter is here once again, and with it comes Jack Frost. Although he may nip at your nose while you spend time outside, you can shield him from entering your warm abode with these tips. Rather than reaching out a hand to turn up the thermostat, try a few of these eco-friendly options to stay toasty. Another reason to resist the urge to turn up the heat? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, almost half of a household's energy bills go to space heating. With these easy alternatives for staying warm, both your wallet and the planet will thank you.
1. Pile on the layers. Remember when your parents would always tell you to put a jacket on if you were cold? This simple idea may actually be one piece of parental advice you should follow. Rather than cranking up the heat, put on your favorite fleece, scarf, beanie, or slippers (fuzzy socks are also encouraged). You will immediately feel all cozy and warm, and not just because you're actively helping the environment.
2. Dodge that draft. Use draft dodgers to block the cold from sneaking under your door. You can even make your own using the ripped towel you've been meaning to get rid of and your old jeans you just can't bring yourself to throw away. Making or purchasing one will only take minutes, and the saved heat in your house will be felt quickly.