Heating bill through the roof? Try this instead!
- Open your curtains during the day to let in natural heat from the sun, then close them at night to keep heat locked in.
- Try bundling up in a cozy sweater or soft blanket before reaching for the thermostat.
- If you have to use heating, remember to turn it off when you leave your house, and while you sleep at night.
- If possible, only heat the room you are using.
Decorating? Put a new spin on things!
- Use LED holiday lights! They require about 75% less energy, and last 2 times longer than traditional lights.
- Get a real Christmas tree! This will support local farmers, reduce your carbon footprint, and keep harmful plastics out of the environment.
- Do It Yourself! Deck the halls with some DIY snowflakes and other decorations made out of recycled paper.
Heading out of town? Prep your home before you leave!
- Unplug all non-necessary electronic devices such as toasters, lamps, chargers, and power strips.
- You can keep pipes and appliances from freezing by setting the thermostat at just 50 degrees.
- Close all blinds and curtains to keep heat in while you’re away.
- Buy local food and goods to support your city’s economy and keep carbon emissions low.
- Use compostable or reusable serving ware if you host any parties. Check out OSU’s new compost policy and approved compostable serving ware here!
- Going somewhere fun? Carpool with friends! This will help reduce holiday traffic and your carbon footprint.
Best of luck on any remaining finals, and have a wonderful, energy-saving Winter break!
Brought to you by Taylor Bennett, SSI CN25 Coordinator.