If you are like most, you hate turning up the furnace. Paying an energy provider even more money than you already do is not something anyone looks forward to. Well, there are other options that will keep you toasty, and will cost a lot less than adjusting the thermostat to the furnace. These ideas are great for winter, but they are also ideal spring and fall when the temperatures are just a little too low to be comfortable, but not cold enough to think about running the heat.
An electric fireplace should be a staple in every home. Some assume they are costly to operate for some reason but this is certainly not the case. In fact, most are so energy efficient that they do not cost any more than that coffeemaker you keep on all day. Electric fireplaces provide an impressive amount of heat, so even in the winter you will be able to turn the heat down and keep your space warm. Plus, it is a lot nicer to look at a dancing flame than listen to a furnace run. Some even let you turn the heat off completely, so you can enjoy the display in the warm months, as well.
Do not turn up the heat! You can get cozy and warm under a nice soft electric blanket instead. These are available in a variety of sizes, fabrics, colors, and patterns, and they are machine-washable. Be sure to follow the instructions though!
Kerosene heaters can be a little costly, but they can produce a tremendous amount of heat. Plus, they can be used in places where there is no electricity, which makes them handy to keep around for power outages. You really only get that undesirable burning smell when you first light or extinguish it, so take it outdoors to do this, if you can. You might also want to consider using KleanHeat. It is an expensive but odor-free alternative to kerosene and works in all kerosene heaters.
Hand and Body Warmers
You can buy hand and body warmers for under $1 each. They are even more affordable if you buy in bulk, and they provide heat for up to 10 hours. Stick one on the inside of your t-shirt, and it will keep your body temperature warm. You can also stuff a few hand ones in a tied sock, and put it under the covers by your feet to keep them warm.
Hot Water Bottle
One of the classic ways to warm a bed is by putting a hot water bottle under the blankets. Of course, you do not have to be in bed to use one. These are for sore backs and aching muscles, as well.