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Danelle Ice is an entrepreneur in Los Angeles and mom of 3. She is the creator of and Danelle is also known as internet personality SimDanelle, the first virtual person. Danelle is a beauty guru on YouTube, vlogger, blogger, and new media darling. She is a current brand ambassador for for Keurig and previous AMD Tech Mom, Kraft Foods Delicious Byte brand ambassador, and Purex Insider.


  1. Pia
    October 10, 2008 @ 4:07 am

    These are great tips. I need to invest in some new bedding.

    Our home is 20 years old and the windows need replacing. Until that happens we use the plastic window insulation kits in the winter. Before putting the plastic on I roll up an old towel and place it over the drafty portion of the window pane. Insulating drafty windows and doors can also help cut down on fuel costs.


  2. Peter James
    October 10, 2008 @ 6:10 am

    Great tips. I’m going to have to try them as heating costs keep going through the roof!


  3. Kaye
    October 10, 2008 @ 9:30 am

    Hey…I’m all about snuggling up under a big pile of blankets. However, I don’t want anything to do with an electric blanket. My hubby loves them and I just like to soak in my own warmth. Flannel sheets are great for climbing into (as they are not cold) but get too hot for me at night.

    The only downside is the horror of knowing that I have to climb out into the cold in the morning. =(

    Luckily I live in Savannah, GA, so there isn’t a lot of cold to battle. =)

    By the way…thanks for sticking for my “other” blog on my site. I feel like I have my own personal bodyguard. =)


  4. Home Ever After
    October 10, 2008 @ 4:21 pm

    @Pia: The plastic window insulation kits are a great way to boost energy efficiency even after you get your new windows installed! The kits are really inexpensive and make a noticeable difference. The towel tip is a really nice touch.

    @Kaye: I’m with you on the electric blankets. And anyway, we’re trying to cut down electricity costs too, right?! I know what you mean about hard to get out of bed in the morning… I’ve been having that problem myself with my new super-warm bed!

    And not to worry – I’ll be your bodyguard anytime. I think it’s uncalled for anyone to ever slam someone for their faith. I’m proud of you and the courage you display.

    Homemaker Barbi (Danelle Ice)


  5. Amber
    October 11, 2008 @ 7:44 am

    I love down comforters and have used them for years. Living higher in a building is also a great way to reduce energy costs. My apartment is always warm because the heat from the five floors below rises. Same for even a two story.


  6. Jennifer M
    October 11, 2008 @ 2:50 pm

    I live where it’s warm year-round now, but his post reminded me of growing in in the chilly Northeast. My parents were on the ball regarding turning the thermostat down at night, but I have sooo many childhood memories of laying in bed, awake but FREEZING because they also were firm believers in thin cotton-polyester blend blankets. No, not flannel. Cotton-polyester. :)

    heating costs are more atrocious than ever, so it really is a great idea to invest in a warm think blanket or two. My parents had it half right, at least.


  7. Jingerde
    March 22, 2009 @ 6:04 am

    Our house came with the programmable thermostat…they are inexpensive and really take the thought out of setting the temp at night. The biggest plus is that it’s set to drop about the time we get ready for bed, and pops up about 1/2 hour before the first alarm clock goes off in the morning. (That’s the best!!). We also have it set to drop again about 1/2 hour before the last one leaves in the am and up a bit just before the first one gets home. If you have a different work schedule that Mon-Fri., it may need tweaking…We used to have Mon and Tues. off, so we just lied to the thing and let it think Mon was Sat. If you have a week day off, you can over ride the temp. I stayed home sick and couldn’t figure out why I was freezing…it was set for us to be at work (58 deg.)…oops! I just set a better temp and hit hold.
    I also bake breakfasty stuff the night before to take the chill off…Yum!


  8. Smart Energy
    February 17, 2011 @ 9:00 am

    Another great tip if you are trying to turn down the thermostat, is to use a humidifier to add moisture to the air. Humid air retains heat better than dry air and makes you feel more comfortable. We use a cheap vaporizer in our room every night and it has made a world of difference. We used to wake up cold and with a dry itchy throat every morning, but now the sore throats are gone and it no longer feels cold.


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