We know how difficult it can be to find the motivation to do just about anything during those cold, winter months. While it’s tempting to stay indoors curled up in a blanket with the heat on full blast, we encourage you to think outside of the box and do your part to live green and enjoy an eco-friendly winter. Here are three helpful tips you can follow this season to take better care of the environment.
1. Turn Down the Thermostat
Not only will turning down the heat a couple of notches reduce your energy use, but it will also lower your utility bill. It’s a win-win situation! The Environmental Protection Agency recommends setting your thermostat between 69-70 degrees when you are awake and moving around the house. It is also recommended to set your thermostat at 62 degrees before you leave for work and before bed. If you get cold, try drinking warm beverages and cuddle up in extra blankets to stay warm.
2. Light Up Your Home with LED Bulbs
As soon as winter rolls around, there’s a limited amount of natural sunlight during the average day. Try lighting up your home with energy-efficient, LED bulbs. Yes, LED light bulbs generally cost more than the typical, incandescent light bulbs, however, they will only save you money in the long-run. According to Discover Bank, LED bulbs can last up to 25 times longer than the average light bulb, and they use 25 to 80 percent less energy.
3. Use Your Car Less
It’s no secret that cold weather is very hard on our vehicles and the environment. Oards Automotive Hub tells us that colder temperatures leads to lower fuel efficiency and more carbon emissions. Therefore, consider carpooling if you have the option, or take public transportation whenever possible.
At Western National Property Management, we strive to help you take care of the environment with simple and straightforward tips for an eco-friendly winter. Every little bit counts, as long as we all do our part. Contact us today to learn more about our communities and residential properties, and please don’t hesitate to visit our blog to read more about how you can live an eco-friendly lifestyle.