Feel warmer in a cold house
During this trying time of cold weather extended over a period of time, it is important to do our part to lessen our impact on the energy grid and hopefully increase the chances that others will regain or continue to have electric power. Let’s all work to decrease the strain on the grid.
We are keeping our thermostat at 65 degrees to conserve energy and hopefully allow others to get some power. But it seems cold in the house and no one likes to be inconvenienced.
Here are a couple of things you might try to be more comfortable in the cooler temperatures.
Layer up. Wear more clothes than you normally do. Add layers that are thin. More layers seem to be warmer than one or two thick layers. They are also easier to move around in.
Confine the heat
If you find one room is warmer than others, go there. Close the door and contain the heat there.
Move it, move it
Do some exercise. Anything. Lunges, push ups, walk around, whatever. You don’t have to have a gym or specialized equipment to get your blood flowing. Just get some body heat going by moving around.
Humidity is good
Because more humid air holds heat better, you may want to break out your humidifier. It will feel warmer and you will loose a bit less water from skin evaporation. Think of it as a beauty treatment, keeping your skin from drying out and encouraging wrinkles. No humidifier? Simmer some water on the stove. Just make sure you watch it closely.
Related to number 4, keep drinking water. Dehydration can happen easily in cold dry weather. Being hydrated will help maintain good blood flow, keeping circulation to your extremities ( feet and hands) and thus, keep them warm.
These ideas are my own musings. You may or may not agree. You may find opposite theories online or elsewhere. The bottom line is to do what you can to stay warm while conserving energy. Others will thank you and your power bill will thank you, too.
As always, Be Well. Perform Well. Stay well.