A powerful winter storm is affecting much of the United States this week, dumping snow and rain and causing extended blackouts in some areas.
The most pressing concern if the power goes out during cold weather, is keeping warm.
These recommendations assume that you are not lucky enough to own a fireplace or wood burning stove.
Heating One Room
Pick one room, preferably a smaller room and focus on heating that room only, not the rest of the house. Don’t waste valuable resources on trying to maintain the heat in an entire house.
Check for drafts around windows and doors and seal with rolled towels and blankets. You can hang blankets over windows during the darker hours, but try to capture as much of the sun’s warmth during the day by tying them back or removing them and laying dark colored blankets and clothing in sunlight.
Cover windows with a 3M Window Insulator Kit or insulate windows with sheets of bubble wrap.