Winter is rapidly approaching- and it’s going to be a cold one- but, that doesn’t mean you can’t keep your home green and efficient this season. So, here are five ways to make your home a greener one this winter.
Keep Out That Draft
First things first are to analyze your home for insulation inefficiencies. Find the spots that let in the cold air, such as the windows, doors, outlets, attic and the basement. Once you have identified the problems, you can correct the issue. One of the best ways to keep these cracks from letting in the cold air is weather stripping- especially in older homes where doors and windows deteriorate over time. Another way is to add more insulation. This will not only save you money, but it’s green-friendly!
Buy a Space Heater
Most people only live in a few rooms of their home- especially in the winter months- so keeping your thermometer on a reasonable setting and depending on space heaters is a great way to be efficient this winter! Make sure to invest in a safe space heater though, as they can be dangerous to leave on for extended periods of time. Find a heater that digitally auto-heats, has safety features like automatic shut-off timer and overheat protection, and is portable so you can easily move it to and from the rooms you use.
Run Your Fans in Reverse
You may think fans are only to help keep cool in the summer, but think again! Most ceiling fans have a switch that reverses the direction of the blades. Switching to a clockwise rotation makes your room warmer as the air near the ceiling is circulated back into the living space.
Paint Your Home a Warm Hue
Who would have thought that painting your home a dark color would help you stay warm in the winter! Dark exterior colors may absorb heat from the sun’s rays and aid in heating the home. Interior rooms painted with warm colors such as orange or red may not only make you feel warmer, but may also reduce energy costs in the winter because less heat will be required to warm the room. Because Mythic paint is a zero VOC and is non toxic paint, you can paint your home without the usual ventilation of open windows and doors, making it the perfect choice of paint if you decide to use a warm color in your rooms this winter.
Take a look at Mythic paint’s new Historic Color Collection for a warm color and a warm home, like Hitching Post (136-5) or Santa Fe (106-6).