Back in early September I made some suggestions for going green this autumn. One of them was turning down the temperature on the thermostat, so that your furnace isn't running as much.
It just so happens that I had some work done on my house in the summer, which helped me in my quest. We have a small sunroom in our kitchen. Previously, it was a big energy suck, becoming unbearably hot in the summer and freezing cold in the winter. We had it renovated so that it's now properly insulated with low-emissivity windows. This has definitely helped our house to maintain a more liveable temperature.
Let's be honest, though - renovating is a big step, which isn't necessarily practical for everyone. It's also not enough, all on its own. There are a number of other, smaller, steps I've taken to help make my home more liveable at cooler temperatures. Here's what's helped me adjust to a lower thermostat.
What's Kept me Warm in Cooler Temperatures
- Wearing a sweater. Kind of obvious, I know, but having a number of sweaters on hand and ready to wear has definitely helped.
- Basket of blankets. When I'm up and walking around, I don't really feel the cold. When I'm sitting still, however, it's a different story. Keeping a basket of blankets beside the couch for when I'm watching TV, and having a blanket to wrap around me in my computer chair, have both made a big difference.
- Wearing slippers. When the house is cold, the floors are cold, and by extension my feet are cold. Wearing slippers avoids that and keeps me much warmer.
- Drinking hot tea. I am what you would call a tea hoarder. I can't pass a tea shop without buying tea. However, until recently I didn't drink much of it. Now I have a hot cup of tea every morning, which is not only a lovely way to start the day, it also helps warm me up.