Maintaining sustainability is much harder when the temperatures get colder. The colder you are, the more demand there is for your home heating system. In summer, you can keep your heating turned off for months on end. But, when the temperature dips close to freezing, your house can get very cold. Some people are forced to keep their heating on all day long, ramping up the energy costs.
This isn’t a very sustainable way to live as you use up far too much energy. You don’t need me to remind you of the impact this has on the environment. In that case, what can you do to maintain sustainability was the days get colder?
Insulate your home
Begin by insulating your home and making it cold-proof. Check the insulation in your attic to see if it needs to be renewed – or possibly add some more layers of protection. Look at every single window in your house to be sure there are no gaps in the seals. Similarly, buy some thick curtains to cover your windows, adding further insulation. You want to create a house that leaks as little heat as possible. It’s impossible to trap all of the heat inside your home. Still, some good insulation tactics will undoubtedly reduce the amount you lose. As a result, your house will feel warmer without the heating on. If you do still need it on, you can keep it on for fewer hours and at a lower temperature.
Protect your home from snow
Snowy weather is super bad for sustainable families. If snow falls on your home, it will instantly make it colder. The longer it lingers, the colder your house will be. So, protect your home from snow as best as you can. One idea is to sprinkle salt and grit on your roof, stopping snow from settling on the tiles. Find a good snow removal service in your local area to call upon if there’s any snow. They’ll get rid of it from around your house, stopping your home from becoming too cold. Again, this decreases the demand for your home heating system, allowing it to run more efficiently.
Take advantage of your oven
This last tip is one of my favorites as it works brilliantly. Leave your oven open after cooking. Why? Because it will release heat out into your home, warming it up. It basically acts as a mini heating system, without the need to turn your actual system on. All ovens will emit some heat for a few minutes after cooking. This is all it takes to heat up a few rooms in your house – especially when it’s correctly insulated. As your oven is already turned on, it makes sense to take advantage of this to heat up your home.
These three tips will help you maintain sustainability and efficiency in the cold months. It stops you from keeping your heating on for too long, lowering the energy usage in your home. The best thing is, none of these tips is that extreme. You don’t have to make any crazy changes to your life throughout fall or winter – it’s just about being a bit smarter!