Warming yourself without turning up the heat
When I began living on my own, I always had the heat on at about 20 degrees Celsius, because my parents had that as well at their house. But, then I started thinking, why do I need the heat up that much? I love blankets, sweaters and warm tea, do I really need so much heating in my home as well? That’s when I started to lower my heat, degree by degree and now, I only turn it up every once in a while to make sure the pipes don’t freeze. How? Here are my favourite ways for warming yourself up and getting cozy without heating up the earth.
Get your sweaters and reveal your scarfs. Nothing is more comfortable than draping a big scarf around your shoulders or wearing bed socks or fuzzy slippers. And, more importantly, there is no better way to keep warm! Save the planet and love your sweaters like they deserve!
Continuing with the fabrics, get a nice and warm blanket! I often wear my blankets around the house as well, almost as a cape. It keeps me warm, it is incredibly soft and it makes me feel right at home. So, if you are looking for ways to keep you comfortably warm without using your heating.
And let’s not forget the one thing that has kept humanity warm since the beginning of time: fire! No, I don’t want you to build a campfire in the middle of your living room, but lighting some candles can really make a difference to the overall temperature as well. If you’ve read my post on cleaning the air in your house, you’ll know that soy candles are your best option, since they don’t pollute the air and they often smell amazing!
Warming up from the outside in is nice, but why not try it the other way around as well? Warming yourself up with a warm cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate or even mulled wine (or gluhwein as we call it) is the cosiest thing ever. And since there is so much variety in these drinks, you’ll never get bored!
Keep the warmth inside
Another important way to keep warm without use heating is to keep the warmth inside once it’s naturally warm (for instance after summer). A big way to do this is to have double glass in your windows and to have proper isolation in your home and it’s an important thing to look for when you’re looking for a house. It not only saves the planet, but it also saves you a lot of money down the line!
Not every level is the same
I used to live on the fourth floor and it would always be hot there, no matter the weather. Since heat rises up naturally, floors higher up tend to be warmer than the first floor. If you don’t want to turn the heat of completely (understandable), you can try turning it down on the upper floors and leave it on downstairs. This way, you can ease up to it.
I hope I gave you some inspiration to be more aware of your impact on the planet and how to live more sustainably. If you’d like more tips on living more environmentally-friendly, click here or leave yours in the comments below! And if you liked this post, feel free to subscribe here for fresh posts every week or follow me on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.
Lots of love,