How to Stay Warm and Energy Efficient this Winter
Winter in Baltimore, MD can get chilly. Help yourself and your apartment here at Marketplace at Fells Point stay warm and energy-efficient by being strategic about how you warm up this season. Today the blog is here to help you in this endeavor! Read on for some tips.
Warm yourself first.
As Mental Floss points out, it’s easier (and more eco-friendly) to change your body temperature than a room’s temperature, so warm yourself with layers before you crank up the heat. Thick socks, a beanie, a sweater, and leg or hand warmers can help loads. If you’re using a few blankets, keep fluffy blankets closest to you and thin, dense blankets on top to prevent convective heat loss. This also costs you nothing if you already have these materials — and if you don’t have them, they’re great investments for future cold spells!
Head to the kitchen.
Using your stove or oven immediately does a lot to warm your apartment up, even if slightly. Make use of these appliances by whipping up a treat for yourself or your guests — a warm one, specifically, to aid even further in warming you up. Just the act of moving around while you bake or cook will get your blood pumping and warm you, too. Try one of these 10 warm drinks that won’t pack on the pounds or these 6 hot, healthy drinks if you’re worried about overindulging on all the sweets of the season.
Use resources for free or inexpensive heat.
Opportunities for free heat may seem few and far between, but there are small ways you can make the most of them in your home. Open up your blinds and let in the sunlight. If you have a humidifier, turn it on throughout the day! Humid air feels warmer than dry air, so it can help you feel warmer without turning up the heat. And since warm air rises, push it back down to your level by turning the ceiling fan on the lowest setting going the opposite direction it normally goes.
What other tips, tricks, and hacks do you have for staying warm and eco-friendly during the winter? Let us know in the comments! We hope these ideas help. Good luck!