Despite the groundhog not seeing his shadow, it is still very cold in the northeast. January has seen frigid temperatures and February came in like a lion with a huge storm on Friday. Of course it is nice if you can hunker down (especially with someone special), and wait out the storm, alas not the whole winter. The cold weather can be uncomfortable, especially in the pocketbook. There are many energy saving tips, but one that is often overlooked is the power of a high quality down comforter. You can actually turn down your thermostat several degrees (which is healthier for you anyway) and be absolutely toasty warm. If you have an automatic thermostat it can be set for when you get up, if not then the cool room will be a refreshing wake up. The most important thing is you will never be cold in bed and so get the rejuvenating sleep necessary to get the most out of every day.
It is important to choose a high quality down comforter as the down clusters (which come from colder climates), are large and trap more body heat which is how it keeps you so warm. Other advantages of choosing an heirloom quality are you can use them year round and more importantly they last for decades with proper care.
So now you are totally cozy in bed, when you get up wear a sweater and turn down your thermostat. It is good for your pockedbook and the environment with only a reduction of 2 degrees.
Fun fact. In Canada they celebrate International Sweater Day to spread awareness of saving energy to help the environment.