Staying Green as the Temperatures Drop – Eco-Friendly Ways to Keep Warm

There’s nothing quite like watching the winter weather rage outside… but only if you’re observing from inside, at a warm, toasty distance.

The first chills of winter are upon us, and we’re in for the long haul ahead. As the temperatures drop, we’ve compiled a list of the most eco-friendly ways to keep warm!

In the car:

While it may be temping to idle the car in the garage to warm it up before your morning commute, this is a wasteful (and potentially dangerous) practice. Did you know that your car actually warms up more quickly while driving than while idling? Not only is idling a waste of gas, it can be harmful to your health if you run the car while in a closed garage, and it can also cause wear-and-tear on your vehicle.

At home:

  • Hot water bottles may seem oh-so-50’s, but they can be a great way to keep warm and toasty under the covers!
  • Use area rugs to warm up tile, marble or hardwood floors on those chilly winter mornings.
  • Consider a programmable thermostat – over time, they more than pay for themselves.
  • Close doors to unused rooms – this keeps the heat circulating in the rooms you use the most.
  • Keep the thermostat as low as you (comfortably) can. Even a one-degree change can make a difference in your heating costs and reduce carbon emissions.
  • Eat and drink warm, comfort foods. Think chicken soup, hot cocoa, tea, baked goods, etc.

Before winter strikes, there are other steps you can take to prepare your home for the season. Check out our top tips here.

Resources:

http://blog.heritage-enviro.com/Blog/bid/79754/7-Ways-to-Stay-Warm-And-Eco-Friendly-This-Winter

http://www.thedailygreen.com/living-green/blogs/cars-transportation/warming-up-car?click=square

 

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