When I was in my early twenties, our central heater sprang a gas leak, and the serviceman was quite clear – we needed to replace it. By itself, that wouldn’t have been so bad… but a problem with the electrical wiring for the new installation meant that we had no central heating for several days. Perhaps inevitably, all of this happened right in the middle of winter, and we were not prepared for the chill.
In retrospect, though, it was a valuable lesson – especially because there are a whole lot of reasons to try and save energy (not to mention our wallets).
Before we get to the infographic, though, there’s one more thing I want to talk about – the nature of creativity. We have a big DIY section here, and it’s always worth looking through it for inspiration and ideas. In fact, my favorite methods of staying warm are about as basic as you can get – using blankets and light-powered heaters. The second one is a particular favorite of mine, since it can be turned into a science project that kids can learn from. (Seriously, that always makes things better – and as much as I love technology, kids need to learn about solutions that don’t require electricity.)
Now, as you’re about to see, most ways of saving money while staying warm in winter are ultimately simple things. That said, it’s usually fairly hard to automate them… so rather than doing these things once, try to incorporate them into your lifestyle and make a habit out of them.
Personally, I suggest making a checklist of ways to keep warm and running through it every day – once you’ve done it a few times, you should be able to remember what to do next without checking your notes. From there, keep it up until you instinctively know how to warm up without ever touching the thermostat.
All right, now that we’ve covered that, let’s take a look at the real reason we’re here today.