28 Dec '17, 3am

Our favorite: "Heat the person, not the house."

Our favorite: "Heat the person, not the house."

It's cold outside. Really cold. So it's no surprise that interest in cheaper, more sustainable ways to warm your home tends to, ahem, heat up this time of year. Here are some unusual strategies for keeping homes warm — some of them you can even try at home. Heat the person, not the house Some time back, I wrote about permaculture blogger Paul Wheaton's video, explaining how he has slashed heating bills by focusing on heating the person, not the house. He used several contraptions, including a heating mat to warm up dog beds, an incandescent heat lamp, a skirt wrapped around his desk and even a heated keyboard. I suggested at the time that this approach might struggle to get mainstream appeal. That said, the principle is utterly sound and can also be deployed in less extreme forms. From Jimmy Carter's advocacy for wearing a sweater when it is cold to a push to make electric...

Full article: https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/energy/stories/5-unusua...

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