Energy efficiency and conservation have numerous benefits for both the environment and human health. Burning coal emits many by-products which negatively impact the health of miners and the environment. So, as the cool weather sets in, it is time to keep the chill out from your home in a proper manner. Prepare for the colder months with these stylish and cost saving ideas that will keep your house warm and cozy and will help you save money at the same time:
- Keep your thermostat between 68 and 70 degrees to help you save up to 5% on heating costs or at 55 degrees if you will be out of the house for longer periods of time for even larger savings.
- Locate drafts from doors, windows or electrical outlets and use foam sealers or draft stoppers to prevent the cold air from coming in.
- Set fans to turn clockwise, so the cold air pulls up and forces the warm ceiling-level air down
- Master the art of layering your bed with chic blankets and comforters to keep it comfortable. Here is a “how to video” from West Elm.
- Wool and alpaca blankets pack the most thermal power so pile them on your sofas, drape them on your favorite reading nook or on your bed
- Keep your feet toasty with slippers or by strategically placing wool rugs by your bed or in the living room.
- Monitor the indoor humidity of your home and install a humidifier to alleviate dry skin, chapped lips, nose bleeds and other pesky cold-weather ailments.
- As temperatures lower and it’s too chilly to go outside bring nature inside by lighting “nature inspired” scented candles and collecting branches, berries, seasonal fruits and flowers like pomegranates and dahlias and arranging them in a vase.
- Organic Cotton Bed Sheets, Duvet Covers and Shams by West Elm – the Duvet Covers and Shams are inspired by traditional Fair Isle patterns and made of Fair Trade Certified and 100% organic cotton and stitched by skilled artisans in southern India. Available at West Elm online (check out their many other organic cotton designs here )
- Organic Cotton Twilight Blanket by Coyuchi - Produced in mills that enforce strict social and environmental standards, treating their employees and the earth with deep respect. Available at Coyuchi or here – more designs and colors here.
- Wool and Salmon skin leather Slippers by Chilote - Made from free range Patagonian sheep for the uppers and natural salmon skin leather, a byproduct of the commercial fishing industry, for the soles. Each pair is geo-tagged with a QR code that leads to the geographical and production details of the individuals that hand-crafted each unique piece. Available at Accompany
- Wanderlust Vegetable-based candle by Red Flower - with a special blend of essential oils like hinoki cypress wood, vetivert grass, and red cedarwood atlas, to create a space of comforting warmth. Its aromatherapy benefits address mental or emotional fatigue and boosts immunity. Available at Red Flower
- Cotton and Wool Diamond Weave Indigo Throw by Guadalupe Designs - Guadalupe Design is a line of textiles that are printed, hand woven and hand dyed by a small group of artisans in India, keeping their millenary traditions. Available at Trunk Collective
- Decorative Table Top humidifier by Cova – Cova ethos is that everyone deserves a lifestyle full of comfort, wellness and abundance and designs products that are both affordable and chic and that can be used year round. Available at AHA Living
Hope you find these ideas helpful! Let me know which one is your favorite item or if you need more ideas finding the perfect organic cotton sheets or blankets for your bed.