There are a whole lot of ‘right’ reasons for being energy-conscious; for desiring to minimize our carbon footprint on this great green and blue sphere we call home. Are there any wrong reasons? No, not really, but considering the topic may move you to ask yourself, “Self, am I doing enough?” And perhaps a ‘greater good’ argument can be had. Nevertheless, regardless of the reasons or motivation that gives us a target to shoot for, at the end of the day we seem to sleep more soundly at night knowing that we have done enough, that we are energy-conscious, that we want to give back to the precious source of resources that is our planet, Earth.
All of this being said, during this time of the year when temperatures are dropping it seems that when the high energy bill arrives in the mail, we often have plenty of motivation to start thinking about conservation. So, just in time for winter weather, we provide three simple tips on how to conserve some winter-time energy.
1. Use the largest and most powerful ‘heater’ ever created, the Sun. It’s free! Open curtains / blinds that face the sunny side of the home during the day and close them at night.
2. Install smart thermostats in your home. These allow for greater energy-saving control over your heating and air conditioning systems.
3. Check with local energy utilities to see if they offer free inspections to check for air draft leaks in the attic, the habitable home and in the basement.
There are loads of other ways to be carbon-footprint-conscious when it comes to energy consumption during the winter; these are only a few. Maybe you already have these covered. The idea is to raise awareness or consciousness. The simple fact that you are now reading the conclusion of this article proves the efficacy of its intended purpose. By enjoying everything that wintertime brings and following these simple suggestions, you can be sure that your home will continue to provide an excellent base for you and your family during this very special time of the year.
Note: More interesting information can be found at energy.gov, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) consumer resource on saving energy and using renewable energy technologies at home. To get more information on smart thermostats, visit workswith.nest.com.
By All About Home 11-22-2017