Many people across the world, including me, cannot afford appropriate heating. I’ve already covered the reason and how to fix it, but until enough people wake up, here are some strategies for surviving the winter without much heating.

Make the most of the sunlight.

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When it’s sunny, open the windows and let the sun warm up your home while removing the damp, cold air. It is also needed since mold is a side effect of not proper heating. As a microbiologist, I know how to eradicate it and would gladly share this knowledge with you. The best method is to use bleach, but it is stinky and might harm the surface; it is also not a suitable option for those with little children and pets. Your alternative choice is far better. Put some peppermint essential oil on a piece of old cloth and remove the mold. Since, no matter how hard you try, it may reappear, mix a tablespoon of coconut oil and a few drops of peppermint essential oil and wipe down the areas that may grow mold twice a week. It will help to reduce mold growth while also making your home smell great. Coconut oil is also well-known for its antifungal properties. Since mold likes moisture, place a few open containers with natural dehumidifiers such as salt and baking soda in the rooms.

Keep the warmth inside.
> Insulate as much as possible.
> Make sure the windows and doors are free of dents. Fill up the gaps and, just in case, install window insulation strips (weatherstripping).
> Because there is a lot of cold coming in via the doorways, make some long draft stoppers out of old clothes. There are also inexpensive plastic ones in the stores.
> Get tick curtains.
> The floor loses a lot of heat, so even the cheapest carpet is preferable than none.

Bundle up

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I’m used to wearing a short-sleeved shirt and leggings at home, even in the midst of winter, but now I dress up like I’m going out in the cold. The key is layering. I have a long sleeve shirt, a pullover, and a hoodie as tops (the hood is quite nice, but I may put on a hat if necessary). For the bottom, I have leggins and old pants, or simply leggins because I can cover my legs with a blanket. Of course, tick socks are needed. I have also a few pairs of inexpensive thermal leggings and shirts.

Blanket is the king

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> Nothing beats a cozy tick blanket which can be used to warm up the legs during the day and in the bed at night. Sew a few tinner together if you don’t have one.
> Invest in sleeping bags (look at supermarket and discount stores for such). I like the sleeping bags since they keep the legs warm and are designed for use in cooler temperatures.
> Make a lovely patchwork blanket out of leftover clothes (doing something and keeping ourselves out of the smartphone is good for our mental health and keep us warm).

Warm drinks and meals

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Even if we should use less power, occasionally we could prepare a delicious dinner and have a cup of hot chocolate, coffee, or tea. Put a comfortable chair or perhaps a sofa in your kitchen so can use the warmth of the stove or oven during and after cooking.

Warming food

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Foods may really make you feel warmer without being served hot. This is as a result of “dietary thermogenesis,” also known as the specific dynamic effect of food or meal-induced thermogenesis. It results from the heat created during and after the intake of a meal. When an animal is exposed to a chilly environment, this heat will help to maintain body temperature. Some foods create more heat than other, which may be helpful if you can’t heat your home properly. In general, these are foods that take longer to digest. Meat, fish, nuts, eggs, cheese, yogurt, banana, fiber-rich foods (beans, avocado, broccoli, whole grains, apples, popcorn), hot spices, vitamin B and iron-rich meals (most of which are listed here), turmeric (check out its other benefits here), green tea, coffee, and chocolate are some examples. To save money, buy them at discount stores; to avoid the system that supports these problems, buy them at local farmer markets or straight from the farmers (more on how to live in low budget soon).

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> Regardless of how expensive everything is, find the cheapest way to heat your home from time to time. Compare the costs of electricity and gas and use the cheaper option. In my situation, it is electricity, and I found that halogen heaters are the most efficient heaters. It just takes a few minutes to warm up a well-insulated room while also drying the air to prevent mold.

> If you live in a place where a wood burner may be installed, it is also an excellent alternative. Be cautious if you are new to wood heating since you can easily start a fire. You must ensure that the smoke can securely exit the house (you should have chimney). The wood burner should never be left unsupervised!

> Take care of yourself, as well. Take a hot shower every day. Change your clothing. You are a human being, not a beast! Find an activity that keeps you moving and gives your brain a rest.

> Even during the most joyful time of the year, Christmas, we must remain in the dark and cold. This comes after two years of Christmas celebrations being canceled or limited to those who have the product. The current motto is “stay on cold and dark to save electricity,” despite the fact that there is no justification for this. The energy crisis is just a part of the plan in the wake of the so-called pandemic. It’s no wonder that the propaganda slogans basically sound the same. Remember “stay at home to save your granny”?! It is designed to eliminate the last traces of humanism in us. Also, while with warming meals and bundling up we may survive, small businesses that did not go bankrupt due to the measures will now go bankrupt. We will not have a cafe, a hair salon, a florist, or a baker – any business that uses lots of electricity will be gone because won’t be able to cover the expenses. These are places where people gather and exchange ideas. These places are the soul of every community. Yes, they are removed on purpose. The same is true for independent farming, which needs a significant amount of power. The only way to stop it is to push your government’s servicemen and women to start working for your interests. There is inexpensive gas, and nuclear power plants are also a good alternative. Your fate is in your own hands.