7 Alternative Ways to Stay Warm in the Winter

Reprinted from RIS Media’s Housecall

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When temperatures drop, you might be looking for alternative ways to stay warm without turning up the thermostat.  Fortunately, a little ingenuity and determination will go a long way in helping you stay warm (without increasing your utility bills). Here are a few ideas to help you stay warm this winter.

1) Lay down rugs

Wood and tile flooring can sometimes be cold to the touch. Add decorative rugs to sitting areas to help keep your feet toasty. Rugs are also great for protecting your flooring from damage (in case of pets or excessive foot traffic).

2) Eliminate drafts

Poorly fitted doors and windows allow cold air to seep into your home or apartment. Invest in thermal-lined curtains to block drafts from entering your home. You should also check for cracks or holes around window and doorframes. Sealing leaks with caulk or weather stripping is an easy (and inexpensive) way to cut down on energy loss.

3) Utilize natural lighting for warmth

Shrubbery and trees can block the sun’s rays from reaching your home. Clear out unnecessary foliage, particularly around your windows and doors. Natural warmth provided by the sun will make a huge difference in the comfort level of your home.

4) Increase attic insulation

Is a lack of insulation causing heated air to escape through your attic? Make sure to cover your entire attic floor with insulation. If needed, hire an insulation pro to check insulation levels and recommend additional solutions.

5) Turn on the oven

Believe it or not, but heating up a tasty casserole or pot of soup will actually warm up your home. For an additional treat, why not bake a delicious dessert? Hot apple pie does wonders for a chilly home (and an empty stomach).

6) Close the doors

Whether or not you have zoned heat, closing the doors to drafty rooms will help keep other parts of your home warm. Consider tackling your drafty rooms with weatherstripping, caulking or additional insulation.

7) Buy new bedding

Switching out your existing blankets with warmer options will also help combat the cold. Flannel sheets and a down comforter are excellent choices for chilly weather.

Keeping warm during colder weather is simple – set up curtains, put down rugs, let in the sunshine and keep a steady flow of hot meals. With these tips, staying warm doesn’t always mean turning up the thermostat.

About marilynsellshollisterrealestate

I am a native Californian born in Los Angeles and have resided in San Benito County since January 30, 1959. I attended the University of Southern California. I am a licensed Real Estate Broker, license #00409787, active for almost 45 years. I started my career in 1972 and still am totally committed to the highest level of service to my clients. I am currently associated with Intero Real Estate Services. I am Past President of the San Benito Association of Realtors, serving in the role on numerous occasions. I was a Director of the California Association of Realtors for over 18 years, having served on numerous committees. I also served 2 terms representing the California Association of Realtors at the National level, NAR. I am a certified SRES (Senior Real Estate specialist), since 2005. My community involvement has included membership in the Hollister Rotary Club, serving as their first woman President in 2002. In the late 1960's, I became a member of the El Torillo Chapter of Children's Home Society, and served as President, and was also President of the Tri-County Council of CHS, which is today Kinship Center, and I am currently a Senior Active. I am a member of the San Benito Chamber of Commerce. From 2002-2008, I served on the Board of the Hollister Downtown Association and was their President from 2006-2007, and still serve on sub-committees of this organization. And, I am currently serving my 3rd term on the Community Foundation. My record of performance and my reputation have made me who I am in the industry. I am a household name in San Benito County, when you think of Real Estate. My name is recognized not only in Hollister, but in our neighboring counties, Monterey, Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties. I have been involved in land development, marketed several subdivisions, sold ranches, commercial leasing, bank-owned properties, short sales and own a Property Management Company, Hollister Rental Properties, for more than 35 years. I am proud of my sales record and for the majority of my career I have been in the top 1% of major Real Estate Companies including Van Vleck Realtors, Cornish and Carey, Contempo, Seville-Contempo, Century 21, Coldwell Banker and finally Intero Real Estate services for the last 15 years. Using my skills in negotiating, mediation and transaction closure, during 2010 and 2011, I was involved with the City of Hollister's First Time Home Buyer Down Payment Assistance Program. The program was the City's Redevelopment Agency, under Bill Avera, with the assistance of CJ Valenzuela who was working with the County of San Benito. CHISPA, a non-profit, was responsible for restoring homes to equal to new condition that the City had taken back in foreclosure, or that they had acquired. When the homes were restored, we put them on the Multiple Listing Service and we went out and promoted the City's Down Payment Assistance Program. Buyers were screened and qualified by our preferred lenders. I facilitated workshops for First Time Buyers explaining the programs. I negotiated the contracts for the City of Hollister and with the Buyers. With this program, I closed 2 homes in 2010, and 4 homes in 2011. On a personal note, I am married to Richard Ferreira, a retired General Contractor/Developer. We have a combined family of six daughters, six grandsons and 3 granddaughters. We share commons interests in travel, movies, entertaining, and Richard has picked up my love of cooking. Our spare time is spent with family and enjoying our grandchildren.
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