Winter Sustainability Tips

snow_westwallFreezing temperatures are here, and there’s no reason for them to give you a chill or cost you a lot in heating costs. Here are some tips for keeping warm:

  1. Open your south-facing curtains and drapes during the day to let in free heat from the sun.
  2. Place dark blankets on the floor, furniture or bed in direct sun to soak up the sun’s heat.
  3. Wear cozy warm clothes and turn down the thermostat. Sweats and thick socks are a great choice.
  4. Did you know that if the rest of your body is dressed warmly, you’ll lose 40% of your body head from your uncovered head? Wearing a knit cap will keep you much warmer – even inside the house.
  5. Did you know that your ceiling fan can be reversed and blow hot air from your ceiling down?
  6. Lower your thermostat down 10 degrees at bedtime and back up when you wake.
  7. Invest in flannel sheets and a warm comforter.
  8. Only heat the rooms you use. Close the doors between rooms to keep the heat in the rooms you heat.
  9. It’s a pain, but clean your heaters to make them work at top efficiently. Replace filters yearly.
  10. Start saving up to have additional insulation installed in your home. It makes a huge difference in heating costs.
  11. While you’re saving, save up for double or triple paned windows. Single pane windows provide almost no insulation allowing much of your heated air to go literally right out the window.
  12. Install weather-stripping to seal all of your doors and windows.
  13. Block drafts by placing a rolled up towel at the base of a front door or drafty door to keep heat in or cold out. Hang blankets over windows and doorways to block out even more cold.
  14. Ask your local fire department to use their Thermal Imaging Camera to tell you exactly where the heat is escaping your house so you can know exactly what work needs to be done.
  15. Have you ever heard the expression “Three Dog Night”? Legend tells us that Eskimos would help heat their igloos by inviting in some of their sled dogs; the colder it was, the more dogs they’d let in. The fact is that dogs are actually very warm, and getting over the thought that “dogs are not allowed on the furniture” can mean warmer nights if you invite them onto the bed. Plus, the dogs will love this.
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