With the freezing air penetrating our homes from all sides, it can be more than tempting to turn on as many heaters as possible in an effort to stay toasty and avoid involuntary teeth-chattering the entire day. Unfortunately, as most of us green-conscious home owners will know, heaters are far from being eco-friendly appliances and usually rely on exorbitant amounts of electricity in order to function. This leads to a much higher utilities bill at the end of the month, as well as a causing a severe strain on our already suffering Mother Earth. Here’s some advice and alternatives to consider to help you keep warm this winter the eco-friendly way.
Before you switch that heater on, try to warm up by putting on another layer (or five!) or grabbing another blanket. If you’re feeling cold indoors, the chances are good that you simply aren’t dressed warmly enough.
If you’re single, now’s the time to consider opening your home to a new fur child. You’d be amazed at how much warmer you’ll be with a fluffy cat on your lap or a cuddly pup in your arms!
Is your home tiled? If so, there’s no doubt that the cold will be a problem during the autumn and winter months. Counteract this by investing in a plush rug or two, especially for those areas in which you spend the majority of your time in the evenings, like your bedroom, dining room and lounge.
Keep an Eye on the Curtains
Open those curtains up nice and wide the moment the sun starts to rise and let that sunshine in! Once it starts to set in the evenings, close them up again as quickly as possible. Doing so will help to keep all of that accumulated heat locked inside the home, making for a much more pleasant evening in.
Turn on the Oven
Not a fan of cooking or baking? Winter is the perfect time to change that. Your entire home will be warmer by simply utilising your stove or oven. Plus, you’ll get a delicious home-cooked meal out of it, too.
Make a Cuppa Tea
Even if you’re craving a generous glass of wine after a hard day at the office, it won’t do you any favours if you’re feeling chilly. Opt for a piping hot cup of tea instead. You’ll find that a herbal beverage, such as chamomile or peppermint tea, will calm your nerves just as well , if not better than your favourite grape concoction.
Close the Bathroom Doors
Your bathroom is often one of the coldest rooms in the house and you’ll find that the cool temperature that it generates will spread through the home very quickly indeed. Avoid this by keeping all bathroom doors shut at all times.
Remember, if you want to be as green as possible this wintertime, it is also worth taking a look at the types of cleaning products that you’re using. Visit the Delphis Eco website to view our range of green cleaning products that are safer for the environment and safer for you!