If there's one thing everyone can agree on it's that gas bills in the winter suck. No doubt about it. Here are a few ways to keep your apartment warm that don't involve the heater.
1: Get Good Curtains and use them right
You already know that curtains are great at keeping light out, but did you know that thermal curtains can also keep out the cold? They only cost a little bit more than regular curtains, block out more light at night, help muffle sound, and help regulate the temperature indoors and out. By investing in these curtains and making sure you close them every night you help trap the warmth inside, while blocking the cold from your window.
In addition, if you happen to have sunny windows (especially south facing windows) opening the windows during the day will help let what warmth the sun has to offer into your home, helping to raise the temperature marginally.
2: Let the Oven Do Some Work For you
Autumn and Winter are the seasons of baking. From chickens to cookies to a christmas ham, chances are you're making good use of the oven that sat dormant most of the summer. One easy way to warm up your house is to leave your oven wiiiiide open after using it, allowing the warmth of the oven to disperse throughout the house, rather than keeping the hot air contained within the metal box that certainly needs the warmth less than you.
3: Take Hot Showers
I'm not telling you to take showers because they'll warm you up. I'm telling you to take them because they'll warm your house up. Instead of turning on your bathroom fan during/after your shower, leave the thing off and allow the hot, humid, air to fill your apartment. If you live alone, or having a private bathroom, or are just especially daring, leave the bathroom door open as well, helping the heat of the shower heat your home while you're getting clean! (talk about dual purpose!)
While I could go on and on about other ways to increase the warmth in your home, these tips are tips that you can put into action right away, and, with the exception of the curtains, require no purchases at all. Hopefully you'll be able to save more than a few bucks next time the gas company comes knocking, I sure hope I will.