When the temperatures outside start to drop, it is tempting to crank up the heat inside. When you receive your first heating bill, you might want to come up with more frugal ways to stay warm this winter. You can take tips from your ancestors to glean some innovative ways to stay warm. There were times when central heating didn’t exist, and humans survived. You might discover that some universal rules stand the test of time.
If you turned your heating system completely off, your house would eventually get dangerously cold as winter months pressed on. How did homesteaders survive these colder months? Many had fireplaces or wood-burning stoves in their homes. This would provide great warmth in the room it was located, but it is not an efficient way to heat an entire home. Houses were much smaller then, and the wealthy could afford to have a fireplace in every room.
In addition to smaller homes and large fireplaces, homesteaders piled their beds high with quilts and comforters. Beds were packed with people as well. Mom and dad might have a separate bed, but children tended to sleep together. As the family grew, there might be a boys’ bed and a girls’ bed. Everyone slept in warm clothing as well. They usually even donned a nightcap.
You may not be able to retroactively install a fireplace in your home, but there are other ways you can stay warm day and night while saving on utilities. Here are some frugal ways to stay warm.
Just because it is cold outside doesn’t mean you have to suffer inside. Hesitate before you sign over your life savings to warm your home. Cranking up the thermostat isn’t the only way to stay warm. Try layering, cooking, snuggling, and moving to warm yourself. You will quickly become accustomed to the cooler temps while reducing your energy consumption.