Now that January is here and the deep freeze has officially set in, we’re all feeling the chill. In fact, according to AccuWeather, this January and February are forecast to be colder than normal in Ontario. Naturally, you want to be warm and cozy in your apartment without facing astronomical energy bills each month. Here are some inexpensive (and green!) ways to stay warm in your apartment during yet another Canadian winter.
Here Comes the Sun
If your apartment rental tends to get sunlight for a large portion of the day, leave your blinds open to allow the heat of the sun to warm up your living space for free. Take advantage of those free sunrays and help to banish the winter doldrums with some vitamin D shining directly into your apartment. Conversely, if the day is overcast or your apartment tends to not receive sunlight, keep your blinds closed to keep in the heat that you already have. You’ll also want to keep your blinds closed at night when the temperature really dips.
Cuddle Up in Warmth
Winter is the perfect time to change your bedding to something more substantial. Flannel sheets and thick quilts will help you to stay warm at night without the need for your heater to be blasting the entire time. If you’re sitting on the couch to watch television, cover yourself with a warm and soft blanket, wear a sweater and throw on some slippers. You’ll feel completely cozy and happy in your apartment, all while knowing that you won’t have a giant heating bill coming your way.
Cover Up …Your Apartment
If you have hardwood floors, you might find that they are quite often chilly. Use strategically placed rugs in high-traffic areas to help keep the warmth in (and your feet toasty). In addition to keeping blinds closed on overcast days and at night, you will want to check for drafts that could be contributing to the chill in your home. To prevent a draft from flowing in from the hallway, roll up an old towel or purchase a specially designed draft blocker to stop the air. Check to ensure your windows are completely closed and no cold outside air is making its way in.
Cooking Up a Storm
Warm up your apartment the old fashioned way – by baking or cooking a beautiful meal. In particular, meals like soups, stews and casseroles need to cook for a long time, thereby slowing and surely warming up your apartment (not to mention the fact that your place will smell wonderful). Winter is also the perfect time for trying out a variety of warm drinks, from exotic coffees and teas to hot chocolate.
Invest in a Humidifier
A humidifier is an economic way to increase the heat in your apartment without actually turning the heat on. Humid air feels warmer – and will make you feel like you’re on a vacation in a tropical environment. If you don’t want to purchase a humidifier, showering with the bathroom door open will achieve the same effect, albeit for a shorter period of time.
There are a number of ways to stay warm in your apartment without breaking the bank. Tell us your favourites in the comments!
The RentSeeker Team