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Keeping the homefires burning

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When we experience extreme winter weather, our coverage rightly focuses on the plight of the homeless and those exposed directly to the elements. But depending on your insulation-status, your home may get pretty chilly on days like today. This leads many Chicagoans (especially renters) to trying unique solutions to warm their homes. Since nothing brings Chicagoans together like below zero temperatures, let’s share our best practices for warming our homes here. I already posed the question to our Twitter followers and got these responses: @ChaosRu We have a fire in the fireplace, a crock pot with pasta sauce slowly simmering downstairs and we’re baking Finnish sweet rolls. @DivinePrimates I live in a third floor apartment, and it is toasty warm! Add your suggestions in the comments or send them to us via Twitter. Also, we’d love it if you sent photos of your warming techniques to our Flickr pool (tag them “warmhome”) (On a serious note, be sure to monitor the temperature if you’re a renter and your landlord provides your heat. They’re required to keep it above 63 degrees. Details here.) UPDATE: Flickr group member fsamuels contributed this photo to the pool complaining that his Fayetteville, North Carolina office gets too hot in the winter! Not funny fsamuels, not funny. UPDATE: Flickr group member Timothy State provides a perfect illustration of the “dog warming technique” that Jenn mentioned in the comments. UPDATE: @shannon_h to keep warm in my old, extremely cold apt, I sat directly in front of a space heater. I‚ have grill marks on my back to this day.

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