4 Ways to Keep Warm this Winter and Stay Green
Staying warm inside your home with freezing temperatures outside can be costly and harmful to the environment. Many buildings are not properly outfitted with insulation, which allows the cold winter air to seep into your home. To beat the cold and keep your home a cozy sanctuary, here are some useful tips to get you through the winter without harming mother earth and increasing the heating bill.
- Close your Curtains
Curtains can provide your windows with an extra thick layer of protection from the harsh outdoors. Heavy curtains and drapes are an eco-friendly solution to blocking the cold air that seeps in through your windows and doors to help trap the heat inside your home. Blackout curtains are especially effective at providing an extra layer of unofficial insulation.
- Keep your Air Vents Open
It’s important to make sure that your air vents are not being blocked by any furniture or rugs in your home. To make the best use of the heat you are paying for this winter, rearrange your furniture if necessary so that your air vents are flowing openly into the rooms of your house. Also feel free to close the vents in unused rooms of your house to reduce heating costs and keep the rooms you do occupy significantly warmer.
- Use Thermostats Appropriately
Make sure your thermostats for your heating system and water are both set to conserve energy with timers. They should be programmed to heat while you’re in the house during the day, and cool off while you’re asleep or out of the house for work and school. In addition to saving energy, this easy trick will also save you money!
- Layer Up!
One of the most obvious ways to stay warm in your home is, simply, to wear layers. Wool sweaters, fleece jackets, onesies and comfy socks are an excellent way to keep warm without turning up the thermostat. Make sure you have a warm blanket you can wear around the house when you’re not snuggled up under the covers.