If the grid went down in the middle of the winter and you could no longer use electricity to heat your home, what would you do? There’s no need to freeze. There are lots of things you can do to help boost warmth in your home, even when it’s below zero outside.
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1. Secure Your Home to Keep The Heat In and the Cold Out
First and foremost, you need to figure out how to insulate your home. Most heat is lost through the roof, so this is the number one part of your home that you will need to insulate. Plan on installing a minimum of twenty-five centimeters of insulation throughout your loft and along your walls.
2. Create Microenvironments Inside Your Home
Another solution could be to warm up specific areas or environments in your home rather than the entire home overall. For example, you could set up a wood stove in one room of the home and use that room to sleep and spend most of your time in.
3. Dress In Layers
One of the most critical tips to stay warm in the winter is to dress in layers and then add or subtract layers as you see fit. In the wintertime, you will want to dress in three layers: the base layer (to wick away moisture), the mid-layer (to insulate and retain body heat), and the outer layer (to shield and protect you from cold weather).
4. Drink Warm Liquids and Eat Hot Foods
As simple as it sounds, this actually does a lot to help warm your body: eat and drink a lot of warm foods and drinks. Simply drinking hot water or warm cocoa can warm your body from the inside and help you stay warm. Drinking warm fluids is also a good tactic to stay warm (or at least less cold) while you’re outside.
5. Get Up and Move Around
All the same, as simple as it may sound, but just getting up and moving around helps you to stay warm as well. Try jogging or doing jumping jacks, rebound on an indoor trampoline, or just walk around the house. There is no shortage of options for physical movement, even when you’re stuck indoors.
6. Explore Potential Heat Sources
Finally, don’t forget that even when the grid goes down, you will have multiple heat sources to use. A wood stove is one option, as we discussed before. Other options include setting up a fire outside (if you are able to), propane heaters, kerosene heaters, heating rocks, and candles.
This post is really just the basics. For more info, be sure to watch the video by The Provident Prepper below.
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