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Winter's here, and that means we're all looking at spending more money staying warm. Israeli houses are definitely on the chilly side if we don't heat them, and we know heaters cost a lot to run. (But did you know that it almost always actually costs less to run your mazgan for one hour than to run a space heater for an hour?! Go figure!)
It all adds up fast - so I'm all for saving money but staying warm. I have a few tricks, but I'd love to hear yours too!
1. Don't boil the kettle all day long. Boil it in the morning and fill up a thermal carafe! That way you can have a hot drink as often as you like, all for the cost of boiling one kettle! I have a carafe similar to this one. I also have a larger one for when more people are around - this is the one I got. They last years and years, and are totally worth the investment.
2. Wear really warm socks. It makes such a difference. If you don't like wool socks, they sell all sorts of fuzzy socks all over the country (check Max Stock or similar!).
3. Warm up quickly with these instant heating pads - they're reusable and great for when you just need to get the chill out of your hands. Some people really like hot water bottles too. Just be careful - they do wear out and you don't want to get a burn if one fails.
4. Block drafts. I made a draft blocker for the bottom of one of my doors out of an old pair of sweatpants. I'm sure you can find something lying around that can easily be made into a draft blocker! For windows, I bought foam weather stripping tape and it helps!
5. We warm the bedrooms before going to sleep, but while we're sleeping, we use really great down comforters to stay warm. (They're even sometimes too warm for some of us.)
6. Hats. Several of my children wear hats all winter long (um, all summer long, too perhaps, but we don't need to go there today, do we?), and they tell me it really makes a difference and isn't just an old wives' tale. Apparently most of our body heat escapes via the top of our heads, so it makes sense that it works! I personally cannot wear a hat all day - I'd get a headache, but if this works for you, it's really helpful!
I'm sure there are many more tricks out there. Share your favorites in the comments! I'm looking forward to hearing your ideas!