Exercising in a cold climate can help boost the production of calorie-burning brown fat by 45%. Brown fat burns calories to produce heat, which increases your overall metabolism. This can help stave off the winter weight that accumulates from the lack of daily activity, decreased intake of fresh food, and increased consumption of comfort foods.
Exercise makes you feel more awake, energized, and releases endorphins, which make you feel better, fighting the occasional winter blues.
Stay Warm on a Budget
Most people would assume that there's not much you can do about utility bills. But there are some strategies you can practice that will help lower the price of your utilities in the winter.
Simply set your thermostat a bit higher in the summer and a bit lower in the winter. When the temperature is steady, the thermostat doesn't work as hard and takes up less power.
Use Hand Sanitizer for Iced Doors and Locks
If you’re having some icy troubles with your home/car doors during the winter, you can actually solve them with some hand sanitizer. The high alcohol content should be able to quickly melt the ice from stuck locks and doors.
It’s recommended that you use the gel solution over liquid alcohol. This is a great little hack in preparing for the winter season.
Always Park Your Car Facing East
Trying to start your car for your morning commute is pretty standard. But it can prove difficult in the winter when the engine is cold and the windows are frozen from the previous night.
So, when you park your car, face it to the east. The sun will defrost your windows before you get outside. This might be a little work but the sun will give you a jumpstart.
Boost That Flame
Snowed in with no power? You might want to start a (small, controlled) fire to keep warm. You can use simple household items to do it! All you need is your roll of tape, dryer lint, and some cotton. Peel off a 6-inch strip of tape and roll it into a little canister shape, about an inch wide, sticky side facing out.
Pack your dryer lint inside of the little tube, stuffing as much in as you can fit without opening the tape. Then, roll your cotton around the outside.