Keeping it Green, Even if the Leaves Don’t

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October 28, 2015

Welcome back to the Greener Living Blog! This summer was a good one, but we have some chilling news… autumn has come.  Yes it is true, the season of dropping temperatures, cool breezes and fall jackets is upon us.  As we make the transition from iced coffee to warm tea and shorts and sandals to no shortage of scented candles it’s important to remember that our homes must adapt to the changing seasons as well.

We know as temperatures cool we are all tempted to crank up the heat our living spaces warm and cozy.  As a community it’s important to think about our impact on the environment and reduce net energy usage together! The Living Well Homes Greener Living Team took some time to jot down our most effective, autumn-themed energy saving tips that you can easily implement before Thanksgiving!

  • Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to organically heat your home. Close curtains at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows
  • When you are asleep or out of the house, turn your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees. Reducing heat for 8 hours a day can save around 10% energy usage a year!  Having a cooler home at night reduces energy expenditures and ensures you have a more comfortable and deeper sleep!
  • For those of us with a working fireplace: Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning – otherwise you are allowing warm air to go right up the chimney and cold air to enter your home.
  • Stock up on chunky knit sweaters and blankets to accessorize and warm both yourselves and your living spaces without touching the thermostat!

As always, remember to send your Greener Living tips and tricks to, we are always here to answer you.  Wishing everyone a glorious autumn!


The Greener Living Team