Practice an Eco-Friendly Winter

As winter temperature drops approach, it is the perfect time to make changes in energy consumption and reducing environmental impact. Winter may seem like a sustainability challenge, but using the right strategies to limit the carbon footprint can be incredibly helpful to the environment. Website and Blog, Better Meets Reality, shares a detailed list of winter sustainability practices.

Thermostat. When you’re out of the house, or asleep, lower the heat to conserve energy. Before adjusting your thermostat, try layering up with warm clothes and blankets. This simple habit can reduce the need for excessive use of heat and lower energy bills.

Seal Drafts. Take a minute to inspect your windows and doors for drafts. Small gaps can let out a huge amount of heat. By sealing these gaps with caulk or a different sealant, you can protect your home against jump in your heating bill. For an alternative, simple, low-cost solution, you can also seal these drafts with towels or old t-shirts, to block the cold air from coming in and the hot air leaking out.

Harness Natural Light and Heat. During the daylight hours, open your blinds and curtains. Sunlight not only is a natural light source but is also a source of heat. As night falls, close your curtains and blinds to trap the warmth inside.

Switch to Energy-Efficient Lighting. Swap traditional lightbulbs for energy-efficient LED bulbs. Modern lighting options consume less electricity and last longer. You will save money in the long run with reduced energy bills and fewer bulb replacements. Switching to energy efficient lighting will also lower greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to your eco-friendly winter season.

Eco-Friendly Snow Removal. Remove snow from your property with techniques and methods that minimize harm to the environment. Shoveling snow by hand or using a snow blower that meets the emission standards which reduce air-pollution. Avoid excess use of salt for snow and ice removal. Excessive salt can harm local ecosystems and bodies of water. Instead use alternatives and eco-friendly de-icing products.

Sustainable Winter Clothes. Purchase or wear sustainable clothing materials. This could include pre-worn clothing such as winter coats, sweater, pants, socks, etc. Also, consider donating your old winter clothing to your nearest donation shelter location, in order to ensure your own pre-worn clothing is given back to those in need.

Buy in Bulk. When the cold winter months come, many spend more time indoors. With this excess of indoor time, planning activities often involve exploring new baking and cooking dishes. When purchasing products to cook and bake, consider buying in bulk, as to reduce packaging waste.

Locally Sourced Seasonal Foods. When produce shopping, consider researching local, winter seasonal foods. This will not only contribute fresh, nutrient-dense produce to your meals, but will also reduce your carbon footprint associated with food transportation.

Source: Better Meets Reality

Katherine Johnson

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