Go Green for the Winter

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Go Green for the Winter

Don’t be deceived by our title. Leading a green lifestyle isn’t a seasonal commitment (we’re green all year round at Vosh!), but there are specific things that you can do during each season to save the most energy and resources. For example, in the summer, your air conditioning likely uses the most energy, so you’ll make changes to avoid using it as much. In the winter, you obviously don’t worry about cooling your house (although, in Southern California, this could be a possibility). Heating is the main concern in winter and there are several things you can do to optimize it as well as several other things you can do to be green.

Winterizing Your Home

A lot of energy can be wasted to keep your house at a comfortable temperature. In fact, it is estimated that 40 to 70 percent of all a home’s energy is wasted when the proper steps aren’t taken. To keep your home cozy, your energy bill down, and your green living going, follow these tips:

  • If you have a window air conditioning unit, cover it inside and out. It’ll protect the unit itself and also keep the cold air from coming into the house.

  • Have small spaces around pipes, windows, and wires that let it cold air? Caulk it.

  • Hidden drafts behind light switches and electrical outlets all contribute to an inefficient heating system. Use draft blockers (foam plates) to keep the cold air moving through your walls from seeping into the house.

  • Maintain the furnace. Make sure the filter is cleaned/changed once a month during the winter. If you haven’t had it professionally serviced yet this year, this would be a good time to do it.

  • Get a programmable thermostat so you can set the temperature for certain times of the day. Keep it off while you’re out and set it to turn on just before you get home.

  • Adding reflective window sheets on the inside of your window panes and glass doors will help reflect heat back inside your home.

  • Add weatherstripping around the inside of your windows and exterior doors to create a seal around them.

  • If you have a fireplace, keep the fireplace damper closed unless there is a fire burning. If you don’t use your fireplace, plug and seal the chimney flue.

  • Turn the water heater down to 120 degrees F.

  • Use LED holiday lights.

Saving Resources

Now that you have your house covered, here are a few more things you can do to stay green during the winter:

  • You know those reusable grocery bags you have? Take them with you when you do your holiday shopping!

  • Don’t just put your Christmas tree on the curb for the trash. Real Christmas trees are biodegradable, which means they can be reused or recycled for mulch. You can find more info here: http://www.realchristmastrees.org/dnn/All-About-Trees/How-to-Recycle

  • Don’t waste water after holiday meals. Scrape food off plates instead of rinsing them before putting them in the dishwasher. If you don’t have or use a dishwasher, fill the sink with soapy water and clean the dishes with the tap off. Then rinse them all at once.

Happy Holidays!

Publish Date: 12/12/2016
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