How to stay warm without cranking up the heat

With summer coming to a close and winter rushing at us here in TO, it’s important to be able to stay warm and stay under budget with your apartment costs. Most apartments don’t have heating paid for, and if you crank up your heating every day 24/7, you might be left with a bill that’s more difficult to manage than you initially thought! Here are some great, low-energy ways to stay toasty this fall and winter and maybe even have a little fun at the same time.

Build a blanket-nest

Whether you’re watching TV with friends or a roommate or simply sitting in bed and relaxing, it’s the perfect time of year to get every blanket in your house and cuddle up into them like a shivering bird. While it’s obvious that this is something that’s available to everyone, not many people take up the offer. Best bet is to invite the cutie you keep eyeing up at the food court at university for a movie night to get cozy. The cold is a great excuse for a snuggle.

You need an energy-efficient space heater

While plugging in a heater does use energy, they all tend to be much more efficient than your Toronto apartment’s old radiator or baseboard heating, and the space heaters themselves are very reasonably priced. The great thing about these is that most of them have a timer as well – so you can go out to work, set a timer, and have a toasty warm house when you get back. This saves on hours of heating a day!

It’s time to bring out those holiday sweaters and pyjamas

Your ugly Christmas sweater isn’t just for ugly Christmas sweater parties. Instead of cranking up the heat in your apartment, take out one of these sweaters and get warm! (Non-garish sweaters are also great options.) If you’re just loafing around your house, it makes no difference what you look like, and these sweaters tend to be very comfortable (if horribly tacky). It’s all about making the best out of a cold situation!

Toronto gets super cold in the winter, so it pays to know all the little tricks there are to save on costs and still maximize comfort! No matter who you are or how much money you have, saving money every month adds up, and gives you more options for the future!

Erin Cardone

Born on the Prairies, Erin Cardone grew up knowing there was more to life than canola fields and AAA Alberta Angus. So she escaped, living in Europe and Australia, white-knuckling it through plates of calf brains and raw horse meat, and learning languages she can't remember anymore. After a stint as a jaded, skeptical journalist, she changed tack and began writing rather awesome blogs and showing businesses that advertising is dead, so long live social media, with her businesses Legendary Social Media. She now splits her time between various Canadian cities, Costa Rica and wherever else the wind blows.

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