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12/2/2014

Keeping Warm and Staying Sustainable This Winter

POSTED UNDER Energy & Conservation

The leaves have fallen, daylight is shorter, and the temperature outside has plummeted. In most parts of the country, winter weather is in charge for the next several months. The most important thing for all of us to do is to stay warm. But staying warm doesn’t mean we have to automatically waste energy and resources. Try our sustainable tips to beat winter weather and the energy bill.

Watch the heat! In theory, a house with central air and heating should stay at the same temperature all year. Don’t turn up your thermostat just because it’s cold outside. Use a programmable thermostat so you can control the heat, using it sparingly when you’re not home.

Close off rooms that aren’t in use so you don't waste energy to heat areas that you're not using. Close off doors and air vents, especially in large rooms that could go unused, such as the basement.

Let the sunshine in during the day. When the sun is shining, open shades and curtains to let the sun heat your house for you. It makes more of an impact than you’d expect.

Use space heaters sparingly. Space heaters cause more than 25,000 house fires annually. And they require a lot of energy. Use them if you must, but be careful. Use newer models, have them on a timer and treat them like the oven – make sure they’re off when you’re not there.

Install quality insulation in your house or replace old and thinning insulation. A well-insulated house can use as much as 45 percent less energy for heating and cooling which means that new insulation eventually pays for itself. Spray foam insulation is the newest recommendation for new homes and renovations, providing the most effective air seal.

Finally, insulate yourself. Bundle up and wear layers – whether you’re outside in the elements or inside your home. Thermal socks and a sweater are no substitute for a furnace, but they can certainly help keep you warm, and prevent you from turning up the thermostat.

If you live in a part of the country where freezing temperatures are rare, be thankful and disregard these tips. If you don’t, please use these tips when you can this winter – and stay warm!