Keeping the Heat On

Winter is finally starting to hit full swing where I live, and it makes me appreciate the wonders of modern heating. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to keep their heat on all winter. I wanted to spend a few minutes addressing ways to stay warm this winter, so we can all be safe instead of worrying about getting too cold.

 

When on a fixed income, it’s difficult to keep up with all the bills sometimes; however, there’s no reason for anyone to freeze. If you need help keeping the heat on, please check out some of these options. At the very least, ask family and friends for a little help. They would rather help you keep the heat on than see you make the nightly news!

If you need to keep costs down, make sure to bundle up indoors. Now, I don’t mean you should wear a coat, gloves, and full winter regalia around the house. Chances are, if you are wearing all that, your house is too cold, and you could still pass out. That being said, wearing a long-sleeved shirt under a sweater or some long johns under your jeans will go a long way! That way, you can keep the thermostat at a reasonable level and lower your heating bill.

 

Another way to keep the heat in is to plug up any drafts. If you have a friend who is handy and can fix your drafts for cost only, make them some cookies and invite them over! All that work in the kitchen will help heat the house anyway!

 

Finally, don’t be afraid to seek out financial programs in your area to help cover your heating costs. Many churches offer programs like this, as well as the LIHEAP program. Every state differs in the help you can find there, so please ask around and research your options online. Some programs even help you make the house repairs necessary to draft-proof your house. Generic information can be found here: https://www.ncoa.org/economic-security/benefits/other-benefits/energy-assistance/.