For those of us in the colder climates of the U.S., it is time to start planning for those chilly winter nights as the temperature continues to drop. Here are a few simple things that you can do to save energy on your heating bill this winter.
- Make sure your house is properly caulked. Find places in the house where cold air can seep in and use the right caulk to seal the crack. Here's an environmentally-friendly one to consider. You will prevent heat loss and save any heat already in the house.
- If you have a fireplace, use it. Before modern conveniences, fireplaces were the largest sources of heat, and they still serve that same purpose. However, you need to burn materials that won't pollute the air, so find eco-friendly fire logs or learn how to make your own here. And, learn more about firewood sourcing issues and what you can do to be more respectful of the environment here.
- Put on a sweater. By adding layers of clothing, you will reduce the temptation to touch the thermostat. Do the same on your bed at night. It's easy to remove layers when you get warmer.
- Consider solar panels, which will provide energy and heat to your home. Solar panels use light energy (photons) from the sun to generate electricity through the photovoltaic effect. Installing solar electric panels, sometimes also known as photovoltaic or PV panels, reduces your home's energy bills by converting unused roof or yard space to electricity production. Learn more here.
- Another eco-friendly trend is geothermal heating and cooling systems, which tap into huge deposits of energy right in your own back yard. The earth absorbs 47% of the sun's rays in the form of thermal energy, more than 500 times what we can use, and that energy can heat your home. Find out more about geothermal energy here.
Enjoy a warm and toasty holiday season that doesn't empty the green from your wallet or risk the environment. 'Tis the season to be green!