[permaculture] Really Cold of Greece

Robert Waldrop rmwj at soonernet.com
Thu Jan 8 15:32:38 EST 2004

I agree with these suggestions.  The colder it
gets, the smaller the space we use in our
dwelling, and the more layers we wear inside the
house.  Earlier this week, when it was in the tens
(farenheit), we were all hanging out in one room
(3 guys, 2 dogs, 4 cats).  All of our windows have
at least two wool blankets on them and so do the
doors.  The "eat eat" advice is also good, at
least in part because cooking adds heat and
humidity and you need the internal calories.  Deep
fried bread dough always sounds good this time of
year, donuts, scones, whatever you like, with or
without sugar.

Robert Waldrop, Oklahoma City

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kelly Finigan" <kfinigan at spots.ca>
> 1) you are unlikely to freeze to death during
the day since I assume you
> move around doing something; nighttime is
critical - make yourself a small
> space/den to keep warm (i.e., close off a small
room if possible for you to
> use...its much easier to keep a small area warm
than a large area.
> Preferably, it can be a room with no exterior
walls). Close / seal off any
> parts of the house you don't actively need
during winter.
> 2) seal any gaps/cracks/leaks to keep the wind
out. Breezes actually make
> you feel colder than heat loss through
uninsulated walls. Use caulking if
> you have it or rope or rags. Seal under doors
and around windows.
> 3) hang EXTRA (beyond what you need to keep warm
at night) blankets over
> windows (big heat losers)
> 4) if you have straw bales available, stack them
OUTSIDE against the
> building (not inside because of fire concerns)
> 5) if you have any animals, bring them inside so
you can borrow their body
> heat at night
> 6) unfortunately fireplaces  need make-up air so
they actually always create
> a net loss of heat (as opposed to closed
stoves) - if you need extra heat
> consider heating rocks in a fire, wrapping them
and putting them in bed with
> you.
> 7) eat, eat eat!
> 8) clothing - use layers
> hope you keep warm and safe,
> Kelly

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