2014, November 14: From the Office
(updated every Friday)...
Topic This Week: Hot Water Bottle to Save Energy and Ward of Chills. If you have comments, suggestions or concerns, feel free to send your thoughts in an email to: email@example.com.
Question(s): Which is better: Hot water bottle or heating pad?
I prefer a hot water bottle. A hot water bottle is a long, steady low heat. Heating pads have coils that get too hot, not hot enough and have left marks on my skin. In addition, when trying to sleep with a heating pad the cord is a nuisance and a choking hazard. The worst a hot water bottle will do is wet the bed. For that reason, obviously you should never use both a hot water bottle and a heating pad at one time ;o)
A great benefit with the use of either a hot water bottle or heating pad, you can stay warmer under a blanket and turn down the heat a bit to save some money on your heating utility bill. Heating pads and other electric warmers consume additional energy - adding to your bill and potentially offsetting the savings. A hot water bottle will last for years and costs less than $15 - approximately $5 a year for three years. The savings are tremendous over electric warmers which also cost around $15 and last approximately three years, but consume electricity to operate.
To use a hot water bottle, fill it with hot tap water. Don't boil water or the seal will likely melt and the bottle will start leaking. I know this for a fact - it did happen to me. Getting burned with boiling water when I curled up under my blankets was not fun. Please, hot tap water only for your safety. Place the hot water bottle in a pillowcase or wrap in a small blanket. Curl it up close to you and drape a blanket over yourself. Ahh - the gentle sweet soft warmth of a hot water bottle to take away the winter chill :o)
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Fragrances that suit winter best are deep, woodsy and warm with a bite to it. Cedar, cinnamon, spruce, lavender, pine and fir come to mind. While each of these has a warming low aroma, the bite helps to clear sinuses. The least expensive and most fun way to play with these aromas without having to spend any money is to pick what is local in your area to create a blend. For example, fill a small saucepan halfway with water. Place a handful of cut up white pine needles, a teaspoon of ground cinnamon and a clove in the water. Bring the water to a low simmer and simmer, covered for about five minutes. Allow the mixture to cool to just above room temperature - warm, but not hot. Strain the mixture to remove the pine needles and clove. Reheat the fluid to boiling to kill any remaining bacteria. Add a half teaspoon of honey as a preservative. Pour into a spray bottle. This is the foundation for a lot of room fragrances.
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