It snowed today. I mean, for Manitoba we’re doing better than most years (2013, the last winter I spent in Mb, we were 3 feet under by now) but the inevitability doesn’t make my heart break any less. This year I have more to lose. I’m an extremely novice house-builder at best, and nothing makes you second guess your abilities like an impending snowstorm.
As i’m going about my day today, I noticed the flurries floating around outside the window of my parents place and couldn’t help but wonder “Am I going to freeze my ass of this winter?”. My plan as far as heating my container house relies solely on the big beautiful woodstove I bought off Kijiji (Don’t let the fact that I found it on Kijiji cheapen it, it really is a million pounds of HUGE BEAUTIFUL CAST IRON).
In my researching and brainstorming of ways to keep warm this winter, I was suddenly aware of how living in a small, moveable structure is a slightly more primitive way of life compared to the large, permanent houses that are the norm. Thinking along those lines, I went back to basics & created this list of simple, overlooked ways to keep warm this upcoming cold season. (That you don’t have to be Mike Holmes to understand.)
- Wear layers & warm clothes made of heat-trapping materials (even indoors)
- Make sure you’re windows are double or even triple pane…
- … and seal them! Plastic and hair dryer style.
- Fire = heat ( a wood stove or fireplace!)
- Eat warm food and embrace soup season (the most wonderful time of the year if you ask me)
- Actively look for and correct drafts
- Sleep with more blankets and/or a hot water bottle
- Use a variety of insulation solutions for different situations. (My whole build used a combination of Roxul, spray foam and appropriate air spaces.)
- Open your blinds and let the sun in during the day!
- Stop shaving your legs?
Anything I missed?