Stay Warm at Home with Less Heat

The following post is from Lindsey M. Roberts, a freelance writer covering design & décor:


house covered in snow


I’d rather spend less money on heating during the winter and more money on throw pillows, wouldn’t you? Here are a number of ways to warm up your winter home, either temperature-wise (lighting a fire) or psychologically (lighting candles):

1. Light a fire

If you have a fireplace, light a fire at night for warmth and coziness and a good setting for family game night.

2. Light some candles

Candles add visual warmth, and when your home feels more cozy and warm, you might not notice that the heat is turned down a few degrees.

throw on sofa
source: West Elm

3. Drape throws everywhere

Hang them on sofa arms, chair backs, roll them up in baskets, and use them anywhere you’re relaxing. Looking for more creative uses for throws? Review these six other ideas for throws from a couple months ago.

4. Roll out rugs in layers

Layer, layer, layer! We say this mantra when preparing for inclement weather, but we could also say it when preparing for cold homes. Layer thin fabric rugs over sisal, and you’ll limit the amount of cold floor touching bare feet.

flannel sheets
source: L.L. Bean

5. Layer your bed

Invest in some good flannel sheets, and then pile on duvet covers and even an electric blanket. I’ve talked to many people who use electric blankets at night and turn the heat way down. It’s a more comfortable way to sleep without dressing for snow camping.

tea and a candle
source: A Girl With Tea

6. Enjoy your tea and coffee.

Warm liquids equal warm bodies. Stock up on a variety of tea for the winter and you’ll look forward to an evening cup of tea while relaxing or before bed.

7. Bake some cookies!

Yummy food also keeps our bodies warm in the cold, and baking warms up the kitchen. This is a good excuse to cook and bake for your family or others.

8. Work out every day

I used to live in Massachusetts, and my motivation for going to the gym—even if I had to bundle to go out in the windy cold—was that I knew I’d break a sweat. Burning calories will help work off those cookies (see #7) and warm your whole body up.

How do you keep warm without turning up the thermostat in the winter?

Lindsey M. Roberts has covered design, décor, and homes from Washington state to Washington, D.C., writing for publications such as Seattle Homes & Lifestyles, Apartment Therapy, The Washington Post, and Preservation magazine and editing publications for Hanley Wood.