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Easy Peasy Tips: Put On A Sweater!

By tinychoices | December 1, 2007

In 1977 Jimmy Carter was roasted for appearing on national television in a cardigan and asking America to turn down the thermostat a few degrees to help save energy. America was facing a cold winter and an energy shortage.

All of us must learn to waste less energy. Simply by keeping our thermostats, for instance, at 65 degrees in the daytime and 55 degrees at night we could save half the current shortage of natural gas.

Without discussing the love that Tiny Choices feels for Jimmy Carter: those are words to live by! as the temperatures grow colder in the Northern Hemisphere, instead of turning up your thermostat take a few minutes dig out your sweaters and heavy socks and then turn the temperature a little lower. If you get too chilly, take a break from whatever you’re working on and wash the dishes or scrub out the tub. That will warm you up!

Do you have any tips for staying warm in the winter?

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Comment by Jenn
2007-11-30 17:05:18

And lordy knows we do love the JC ’round here!Another warming tip: Wear a hat! Yes, indoors. Since most of your body heat escapes from the top of your head, a hat goes a long way towards warming you up. Sometimes I find that I don’t even have to wear a sweater (which is sometimes irritatingly bulky), if I only pull on a hat of some kind.

Comment by Karina
2007-12-01 17:16:58

I find that wearing a scarf warms up my whole body too! the jimmy carter center in georgia, btw – highly recommended.

Comment by Brdgt
2007-12-01 08:50:28

We keep a basket full of cozy lap blankets – knit ones, flannel ones, thick ones, thin ones, long ones – for whenever we are just sitting around watching tv, reading, or talking.

Comment by martha in mobile
2007-12-01 09:54:38

Call your local friendly knitter and commission a “shawlette” : a small wool wrap that keeps your shoulders warm but doesn’t get in the way as a full shawl or bulky cardigan might. This, along with a hat, warm socks, is good for 5 degrees. Add fingerless mitts for a fetching ensemble and stay even warmer!

Jimmy was way ahead of the curve, environmentally. We loves him, we does.

Comment by Bethany
2007-12-01 10:54:20

Real fleece (sheepskin) slippers make a huge difference. We also wear long underwear all winter. If I feel chilled I will grab some hot tea. It warms me up and helps me resist the temptation to turn up the thermostat.

Comment by JW
2007-12-01 11:13:21

Unless we’re having company, we keep the house at 64 during the day. Blankies, hot drinks, all good. I get cold feet, so warm socks and slippers are crucial, but I also use rice bags that my mom made. Take old jeans (or whatever strong, tightly woven fabric you have in your rag bag) cut them into various sizes and shapes, filled with rice and sew them shut. Microwave them for 2-4 minutes (depending on size), then use them like a long-lasting moist heat back for your feet or back or whatever. Cats like them, too.

Comment by Aurora
2007-12-01 17:38:18

Man, Jimmy recommends 55 during the night; that’s pretty crazy. I am tempted to forward my mother-in-law this article, as she always complains about the temperature of our house (58 when we’re here, 56 otherwise and at night), and Jimmy’s would be a little colder at night by comparison, but she’d probably just tell me that he recommends 65 during the day, so I’m way too low.

Comment by Karina
2007-12-01 18:51:28

michelle and I kept our thermostat at 55 deg overnight when we lived in pittsburgh too – and it was cold, sure. but that’s what blankets are for!

Comment by Maggie
2007-12-01 22:43:26

I drink whiskey. :) And sometimes if I’m really cold I’ll turn on some music and dance around!

Comment by Sangu
2007-12-02 01:10:06

like many nyc apartments, we can’t control the heat in it and it is ridiculously hot in here. i should be wearing a sweater, but i’m wearing a tank top and have the window cracked. :-(
i think they can turn it down several degrees and still be above the legal requirements.
something to look into!

Comment by Karina
2007-12-03 09:49:55

my building is the same way – in the evenings, at least. but they’re really good at keeping the heat pretty low during the day and in the middle of the night.

Comment by PaperDollyGirl
2007-12-02 03:41:12

It’s hard here because the apt is so damp and gets no sun during the day, so to avoid the carpet feeling like someone peed on it, we do turn up the heat. Not much though – I wear wool slippers and a little knit earwarmer that ties under my chin and causes no limit of glee when people see me in it.

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