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A Winter Investment

It's early December, and it's finally starting to get cold. As much as I'm against global warming, I'll admit I was enjoying the unseasonably warm weather. Just a light jacket in November? Yes, please! But as it gets colder, the urge to crank up the thermostat gets more persistent. Now, I am so not going to suggest not using a heater at all, but I am going to suggest not cranking it as high as you may want to, and turning it down even lower at night. In the long run, this will save both the Earth and your money.

When we sleep, our bodies naturally cool down (source) and, hello?, we're unconscious, so we don't really notice if it's a bit chilly. But this doesn't mean we don't want to be comfortable; if it gets too cold that'll probably wake us up. The solution to this that I personally use is an easy, one time investment that will last for years: buy a second comforter.

Adding more, or a warmer, blanket to your bed for the winter is a no-brainer, but the comforter is basically the king of all blankets. Throw another one on top, and it keeps things nice and toasty. Then, keep a robe right by your bed so you can slip it on when you first wake up, and go turn the thermostat up a little for when you're actually awake and it matters.

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