It's cold outside. Don't let it be cold inside. These tips will help you warm your living space without having to crank up the heat and break the bank.

If you've lived in CNY for a while you know how expensive heating bills can get in the winter time. Growing up with a stingy 'don't touch the thermostat' Dad, I picked up a few tips on how to avoid turning up the heat over the years.

Close Your Curtains and Blinds at Night

Windows will let heat escape, but much more so at night when there is no sunshine. During the day, more sunshine (and therefore heat energy) is let in than out, so keep your curtains open on sunny days and be sure to close them at night.

If your curtains are thin and don't help much, try putting blankets over the windows for the coldest days. Blankets hanging on your windows may look a little unsightly, but they keep heat from escaping much better. Staying warm and saving a few bucks on energy bills is much more important then worrying about what your neighbors think.

Cover Your Walls

This is pretty simple, the more pictures, mirrors and decorations on your walls the better, especially with brick/stone walls. Even a basic poster can raise the surface temperature of your walls, saving you from having to turn up the thermostat.

Cover Your Front Door

Even the best insulated doors can let in a draft of cold air. Simply use a thick door curtain, and like with your windows, keep it closed at night.

Position Your Furniture Away From External Walls

Obviously, your internal walls will be warmer than the external walls because there isn't cold air constantly blowing against them. Try moving your furniture towards the middle of larger rooms and use a solid headboard in your bedroom if your bed is against an outside wall. If your desk faces a wall so you can look out a window, try putting a piece of thick cardboard between the desk and wall to keep your legs warmer.

Use Area Rugs Or Carpet Remnants

If you have hardwood floors or tile it may look pretty, but you know how cold they can get this time of year. Break out the area rugs, carpet runners and even remnants for the larger high-traffic areas and keep your feet warm. The rugs will help insulate too.

Compartmentalize

If one of your rooms is constantly losing heat to another more drafty room try putting up a blanket or curtain to keep the heat in. Close doors in the house like your bedroom and bathroom so they stay heated and don't siphon heat from other rooms.

Hopefully these tips help you avoid space heaters that suck electricity, keep your energy bills down, and help you stay nice and comfortable during the next month or two of cold weather.