Learning how to keep warm without electricity is a valuable life hack. Read on to learn how you can keep yourself and your home warm without electricity.
If you’re hit by a natural weather event or experience drastically low temperatures this winter and your power goes out, there’s a technical fault or shortage at home or simply astronimical bills, you risk being stuck in your home with no electricity or heating. Knowing how to keep warm without electricity is an important skill to have and could keep you and your family comfortable if you’re in a pinch.
Here are some tips to keep warm when the electricity is out!
Insulate Your Home
1. Cover cracks and crevices: Use towels or blankets to block drafts and lay heavy rugs or blankets on hardwood floors to help to insulate heat.
2. Seal windows: Use bubble wrap to cover windows and hang heavy blankets over glass sliding doors.
3. Keep blinds open during the day and closed at night: Keep blinds open during the day to allow for as much daylight to warm the inside of your home. At night, close the blinds to trap warm air as well as act as another barrier to drafts.
Insulate Your Body
4. Layer up: The best way to keep yourself warm without electricity is to wear many layers. Layer your upper body with everything from a vest, short-sleeved top, long-sleeved top, heavy sweater and then jacket.
5. Wear fleece-lined clothing: Fleece-lined clothing is made for one purpose, to trap warmth, so works very well when you need to keep warm without electricity.
6. Wear wool socks and wool caps: Wool is a material that can trap warmth effectively. Although you may feel silly wearing wool socks and a cap all day inside, it will help you keep warm.
7. Use a sleeping bag: Sleeping bags are designed for outdoor use and are well insulated. Consider getting your sleeping bags out and sleeping with them, or simply sitting in them during the day, to keep you warm.
8. Do some exercise: Exercise raises body temperature. When your power is out and you need to keep warm, try five minutes of running on the spot or jumping jacks to keep warm. If you have young children, play chasing games or do some silly dances to keep temperatures, and spirits, high.
9. Sit in your car: If you have tried keeping warm in your home without electricity, but are still suffering from the cold, you can sit in your car for a short period of time to heat up. However, this should only be done with your car securely parked outside, and not inside your garage.
Other Methods to Keep Warm Without Electricity
10. Use candles: Candles are normally used for decoration or ambience, but they give off a lot of heat. Place several candles in one room, keeping all doors closed, to trap the heat. Note: never place candles near flammable material and always put them all out before you go to bed.
11. Put up a tent: If you live in a big house, it could be very hard to keep every room warm without electricity. So when all else fails, you can pitch up a tent in your lounge. Tents are designed to trap warmth and will act as a warm, and cosy space in your cold home.
12. Stay upstairs: Heat rises, and so it is a good idea to spend as much time as you can upstairs. Better yet, try and isolate yourself as much as possible to just one room on an upper floor to concentrate the heat in one area.
13. Cuddle your pets: If you have pets, this is the best time to show them lots of love. This will not keep both you, and your fury friends, warm.
14. Light a fire in your fireplace: If you have one, maintain a strong fire throughout the day and night to keep you warm.
15. Cook on a portable stove: Cook warming meals that will warm not just your belly, but your home as well. Note: make sure your portable stove is indoor-safe before using it.
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