- dress as though it were winter -- oh wait, it is! T-shirts are covered with sweet shirts or sweaters. Socks and slippers are worn (by me -- the kids opt to go barefoot on our hardwood floors) while inside;
- pull out the throws. You'll find a few festive blankets in the living room. When we curl up to read stories, a blanket helps keep us warm;
- let the sun shine in -- open your drapes or blinds and let Mother Nature give you some solar warmth during the day;
- enjoy winter beverages (coffee, tea, hot cocoa, Bailey's Irish Cream.....);
- close vents in rooms or areas you do not use regularly. We have the vents closed in our finished basement because we are not down there enough to justify the cost; and
- use space heaters. We have three; one in each bathroom and a third in my home office. The cost of each heater was approximately $17. There is no need for the bathrooms to be a toasty 70 degrees all the time. When needed, it is turned on to make showers more comfortable. As for my office, it is our finished basement. I use it two afternoons a week. There is no reason to open up the vents in the basement for this limited amount of time. I have a nice space heater at my feet. The savings from not heating the basement is huge!
We are frugal, but not crazy. When we have company we will turn the heat up because not everyone is comfortable at 62 degrees. How about you -- what temperature do you use to get through the winter?