questionswhat is a good way to keep the house warm very…

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Layers and blankets. Cheapest way to go.

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Yep, it's much cheaper to warm yourself that all of the air in the apartment. Get some long johns.

But, wow, I can't imagine how much it sucks to get out of the shower when it's 40 degrees in the bathroom.

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Tack blankets up over doorways and windows. You can do it in just one room--make it the "warm room" and use the space heater there. Yes, it will look like crap, BUT you will be warmer. We had to do this last year for a few days when our heater conked out. Worked pretty well, but we did use our fireplace rather than a space heater, and we have a peaked 11 foot ceiling in that room. Guess where all the heat goes!

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@anotherhiggins: It is quite bad getting out of the shower in the morning. I am just a little big for Japanese clothing I wear an xl and the thermal shirts they do have only go to L which is a little drafty on the backside.

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@lavikinga: Wish I could spare some blankets for my windows and door in my bed room , but sadly the are all piled on my bed so I don't become a meat popsicle when I go to sleep. I will probably go by a recycle shop to see if there are any blankets there. One problem is bedding is expensive and small here, my largest blanket from Japan is big enough to cover only the top of a full bed and not drape over the sides. I am just thankful I have an actual bed and not a futon which is just a cushion on the floor. Thankfully he is better adjusted to the cold than I am.

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I would recommend getting the clear plastic window coverings. I can't remember exactly what they are called, but they are like saran wrap that you tape around the frames of your windows and then use a hair dryer to heat it so that it becomes taut and almost invisible. This will cut down on the leaking of the windows. There was a deals.woot deal on them a few days to a week ago. I used them when I was renting in Minnesota and it made a world of difference and wasn't terribly expensive.

Hope that helps, good luck staying warm. Also I second the blankets and sweater suggestion, or better yet get a few slankets or snuggies to wrap around yourself, but make sure you wear a hat because you lose a lot of heat from your head. (C:

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Close off the doors to the rooms you spend the most time in. Open the curtains when the sun is shining. Stock up on a bunch of kairo/heat packets. Or better yet, buy a couple of hot water bottles. There are microwaveable kinds in addition to the traditional rubber, metal or plastic hard-sided ones. Under a blanket, they rock.

Uniqlo has thermal wear that is affordable,durable, lightweight, easy to wash & should go up to your size. Check the 100 yen shops for wool or angora socks & also stuff to put on the windows to help with the drafts & condensation. Some other stores will have more expensive solutions that are basically sheets of bubble wrap or foam board that you adhere to the windows. You could also place rolled up towels, etc along the drafty spots.

Instead of a shower, consider soaking in the bath before bed to raise your body temp a bit. If you can afford it, look into getting a kotatsu table set up or a small heated carpet.

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@kophia: Tried rolling up a towel for the drafty window and had a frozen towel roll the next morning. We have a Caines home here but I have not seen anything for the windows except weatherstripping which doesn't work. I will have to check the hyaku en shop this weekend. Thanks for the info.

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In addition to using the window coverings that tighten over the window, putting another layer of saran wrap over that will also help. The air that's between the window and the rest of your room acts as another good insulator.
It doesn't look great, but it saved quite a bit of money living in Cleveland.

Additionally, you can talk with your gas provider and ask about switching to a fixed month-to-month cost. You'll pay more during the summer, but less in the winter, and since it's consistent it helps with knowing what your upcoming bills will be.

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a small heating pad will help with in the bed. if u can't afford that try hot water bottle or go really old school & stick a few bricks in the oven to warm them then put them in ur bed to help warm it. be careful not to burn yourself.
definitely plastic over the windows. i couldn't afford the kits so just used regular plastic bags and tape. whereas the blankets on the doorways is helpful, try large sheets of plastic if the blankets are all on u. the towel at the bottom of the doorway do help, but if ur towels were like mine u might find an old sheet works better.
go to using the warm room theory. try burning candles. every candle flame will warm the room a degree or two for a little while. ceiling fans help if set correctly. one room that is 10 degrees warmer definitely makes you appreciate the difference.
if u have cold feet they make shoe inserts to help. cheaper: try a plastic bag between your socks and always wear shoes. yes, several thin layers are better for clothes.

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Dang! A hat. I forgot about the hat advice. Wear a wool hat or skull cap even to bed.

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I agree that a small heating pad in bed will provide the greatest benefit.

As noted, good insulation blocks air flow. So rather than using blankets over doors or windows, use sheets of plastic. If you can find long shower curtains or blackout curtains over the door, that will be more effective than a blanket.

Consider using a shower curtain between two blankets in your bed. It will trap heat and prevent air infiltration.

The last step is hardest. Acclimate.
Hard to believe, but the human body adapted to climate extremes.
Stay active, but accept the cold. See if you think (move) like a Yeti.
Folks that work in the elements learn to be quite comfortable at 40°.
Protect your extremities. Hands, feet and head.

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maybe @dmaz has some tips. he's living in china right now
btw, toe socks look goofy but they wrap each toe and feel warmer IMO

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@flashkill: yikes cold! Must be some condensation. Which part are you in? Some suburbs have little stores along the main streets by the station where you can find inexpensive blankets, socks, towels, etc. Certainly not luxurious, but functional and under 1000. Def. better value than you will find at a Seiyu or recycle shop. Some areas have flea markets on Sat w. good deals.
A couple things I saw today that might help;for about 750 yen, there is a sheet w. alum. backing. It helps reflect the body heat. You place it on your bed. It is made better than the emergency ones at the 100 en shop. Lotion that comes in an orange tube which helps heat up your hands or feet, about 500.
Are you limited more by a budget or finding what you need and getting it home? Do you have a specific budget amt? Is your electric included in your rent? Do you have any contacts with locals in the area who could assist you in finding things you need?
The cold is bad this year. Hope you can find solutions soon.