It can be hard to stay warm when the temperature outside drops to -20ºF. So here are a few simple life hacks that can help keep you a little warmer this winter.
Step 1: Automate Your Coffee Maker
You can also use your automated coffee maker to prepare, hot chocolate, oatmeal, ramen, or soup. The only difference is that you will want to put your ingredients in the pot instead of in the filter.
Unfortunately this will not work with all coffee makers. Make models will not turn on automatically when plugged in. For best results use a basic coffee maker without any control circuits.
Step 2: Use Ice to Trick the Thermostat
A thermostat only senses the temperature around the thermostat itself. This is one reason why different parts of a building are often different temperatures. So if you put ice near the thermostat, it will think that the room is colder than it really is and turn on the heater.
WARNING: Do not put an ice cube on the thermostat. Do not do anything that will get moisture in the thermostat. This can cause it to short out and break. Then you will freeze to death and it will be your fault.
Step 3: Prewarmed Bed
Always be aware of any potential fire risks when working with an electric heater and be safe.
Step 4: Prewarmed Clothes
If you have an electric blanket that turns on automatically when you plug it in, then you can set it up with an outlet timer to have it pre-warming before your alarm goes off. But as always, be careful to avoid any potential fire risks.
Step 5: Let a Hot Shower Warm and Humidify Your House
Step 6: Use Pipe Insulation to Fill Gaps Below Doors
Step 7: Dead Battery Hand Warmer
Once your battery is mostly dead, use a 1 ohm resistor (or an equivalent length of wire with at least 1 ohm of resistance) to bridge the terminals. This will slowly drain out the last of the stored energy and release it as heat. This can make a very low powered hand warmer. It won't make a lot of heat, but every bit helps.
Only use alkaline batteries. Never use other battery types. Lithium batteries can actually explode if they are discharged too quickly.
Only do this with 1.5V batteries. Never use higher voltages such as 9V or 12V.
Only do this with batteries that are mostly dead. If you use a fresh battery, It will release much more heat and could burn up the resistor and burn your hand. For new batteries you would need to use a 10 ohm resistor.