Energy Saving Tips for a Sustainable Winter
As winter approaches, we want to remind you of the importance of energy savings and sustainability. With dropping temperatures and less sunlight, it’s easy to spend more time inside and use up more energy. However, taking small steps can make a big impact to help you save energy and money, while also reducing your environmental footprint. Read on for some sustainable and sensible tips for the winter.
Efficient Energy Use
More time inside means more time online and increased energy usage. Keep your devices on energy saver mode, lower your TV brightness, and make sure you are unplugging and turning off devices and appliances when they are not in use. Appliances can still consume energy even when they are turned off in a phenomenon called “
The sun is setting earlier, leading to longer hours spent with lights on in your home. Reduce this usage by switching out your light bulbs with sustainable LED bulbs. Incandescent and fluorescent bulbs last for less time and cannot be recycled, they also contain toxic gases which contribute to environmental pollution. LED bulbs use less energy and last up to 25 times longer than other light bulbs. You can even buy dimmable LED bulbs to adjust the brightness throughout the day and energy consumption.
One of the biggest culprits of high energy use in the winter is your heating system. Heat can easily escape through windows, doors, and cracks in your home. Buy some caulk and seal up any drafts where heat is leaking. Another way to keep your home warm is by leaving your curtains open during the day. Windows that receive direct sunlight can help warm up your home au naturel in the winter. But at night close them up! This will help trap the warm air inside.