Winter can be a tough time to be eco-friendly, between heating bills in the cold winter months, and celebrating holidays. There are lots of great ways to be a little greener in the winter months. Why not be more eco-friendly and save on your utility bills at the same time?
Winterize your home
Winterizing is a great way to cut down on your utility bills and save on heating costs. There are so many ways you can winterize your home and save on utilities, which in turn is better for the earth. A window insulation kit can reduce drafts in windows. Not only is pipe insulation useful for keeping your pipes better insulated, but can reduce the chance of pipes freezing in the wintertime. Door weather stripping or door draft stoppers are common ways to prevent costly drafts.
Program Your Thermostat
By getting a programmable thermostat, you can cut down on how much energy you use. A program allows you to save money by reducing heating, from during the day if you are at work, to at night, when you can be cozy in bed. Consider setting a lower temperature at night, since you can add on another blanket or wear warmer pajamas.
Warm drinks are a great way to keep warm in the winter. However, you can cut down on single-use cups by getting an insulated travel mug. Not only will it be better for the planet, a stainless mug can keep your drink warm for hours.
By turning down your thermostat, you will save on heating bills and also be more eco-friendly. Wear an extra layer and some cozy socks to stay warmer, and you can cut back on the energy you use to heat your home.
Use a More Eco-Friendly Ice Melter
Ice melting products can be harsh on the environment and pets as well, so it is better if you can find a pet-safe ice melter that is also more gentle on the environment.
Use more Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap
The winter months can mean a lot of waste when it comes to wrapping gifts, including Christmas and Valentine’s Day. There are lots of options for creating less waste and choosing more sustainable products. Check out my blog post on Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas.
I try to do many of these! I always have recycled gift wrap in the closet.
I definitely need to stock up on eco-friendly wrapping paper. I love all of these tips. Thanks for sharing!
We need to get new windows. I think that will really help the drafts in our house. But until then we love our door draft stoppers!
Yes to dress warmly. My family needs to do more of this.
We’ve always tried our best to buy conformable clothes we enjoy wearing for the winter months. It gets you excited to save energy and money.
We haven’t had our first real snow yet. It would be nice to see some for Christmas but I don’t know if it will happen or not.
I’m surely going to try to do some of these! These are all really great tips thanks for sharing this with us!
Great tips here and. necessity where we live with the extreme cold and lots of snow. I am excited about a bug snowfall though and the once that is over…. I am ready for spring!
These are some great ideas, I definitely need to think about using reusable more, I was in the habit before the pandemic and then with not going out for so long I forgot about taking my reusable with me!
These are great ideas, I always feel thankful though that I don’t have to deal with snow… as much as I miss it sometimes.
The reusable gift wrap is a great idea. I want to get more of this.
This is all great advice. I layer up in the winter and make the kids do the same. I am using recyclable gift wrap this year. I’m so glad I found some.
I love to use reusable mugs and prefer to wear warm clothes!
I just got an insulated travel mug. It does save a lot of cups.
Such great advice! I need to get a thermostat and insulated mug. I try to turn on the heater in the evening time only to save energy cost and wear warm outfits all day during this season!
We don’t have a true winter here but in NJ we had insulating window shades.
I live in a state that does not snow where Ilive. But I did put in new windows and we do recycle.
I will have to tell the hubs about your winterizing tips. That window and pipe insulations sound brilliant.
Yes. Layers, ugg boots, beanie and a blanket to snuggle under in winter.