Beat the Chill: Low Cost Ways to Warm Up This Winter

Posted on 01/19/2010

Heating bills are starting to show up in mailboxes all over the country and many homeowners are probably cringing at the cost of keeping warm. Most of us still have a long way to go before we can turn off the heat and pack away the wool sweaters. But you can beat the chill without taking out a second mortgage. Here are some low cost ways to warm up this winter.

Find Free Wood - Want to keep warm by the fire, but don’t have the cash to burn on firewood? Head to and search for free firewood. You’ll likely find plenty of listings for wood that is free as long as you can pick it up. You may also want to contact your local electrical company. They often prune trees that are close to power lines so if you can find out where they’re trimming you may have access to lots of free clippings.

Make a Snuggie - Whether you call them Snuggies, Slankets or silly, a blanket with sleeves is a great way to keep warm and stay productive. Buy one in the store and you’ll spend anywhere from $20-$50. But you can make one yourself and spend just a few bucks. Use this free pattern thanks to the crafty Sisson family. All you’ll need is three yards of fleece, some scissors and a basic ability to sew. Use this printable coupon to take 50% off any regular priced item at Jo-Ann Fabrics and you’ll save even more on your homemade Snuglet.

Enjoy Free Coffee - Warm up your insides with free coffee from Taster’s Choice. Request a free sample of six varieties of Nescafe. That’s six free cups of hot coffee that will help heat you up.

Open and Close Curtains - For a free way to warm up, open your curtains on sunny days and close them at night to help insulate your windows.

Stop Drafts - Take a half hour and ten bucks to tackle drafty windows and doors. You’ll need a few supplies like a double draft stop insulating foam and some window caulk. These cheap supplies could end up keeping your heating costs down and making your home a little cozier.

By Alison Storm

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Posted on 06.04.10 at 1:23 PM

Turning off lights can also help to save on electricity bills. I wish our NYC metro start doing it, now the outside light are still on at 7:30 a.m. We have plenty of sunlight at that time

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