6 Simple Ways to Reduce Energy Waste in the Bedroom
By Sam Kent
It’s easy for extra energy to slip through the cracks without noticing it, especially in the bedroom, where you spend most of your time unconscious. But, there are many ways to increase your efficiency and reduce waste in the room where you’ll spend nearly one-third of your life.
1. Manage the Windows for Better Efficiency
Heating and cooling a room makes up a majority of the energy use. Windows are a major source of energy loss because of draughts or poor seals. First, be sure you have a good seal around all windows and doors. You don’t want warm or cold air filtering through the windows.
You can cut down even more on energy waste by managing the temperature first thing in the morning. In the winter, keep the blinds, curtains, and/or drapes closed to prevent heat loss through the windows. If you get full sun in the afternoon, you can let the light and heat in to warm up the room.
2. Turn Down the Thermostat at Night
You reduce energy use with every degree the thermostat goes down, so keep it as cool as you (and your partner) can comfortably stand. Plus, your body temperature naturally drops at the onset of sleep, so you don’t want the room temperature too high.
3. Unplug Electronics
Even if your devices are in standby mode, they’re using energy. At night, unplug lamps, televisions, and any other electricity using devices. You can make it easier by having all of them plugged into the same the power strip. Then you only need to turn off the power strip when you go to bed. If you need a nightlight for nighttime bathroom trips, choose one that’s motion activated so it doesn’t use as much electricity throughout the night.
4. Keep the Closet and Bedroom Door Closed
You only need to keep heating vents open in the rooms you need to heat at night. Keeping the bedroom door closed concentrates the heat where you need it. In general, you should only open your closet door when you need to get something out. Otherwise, keep it closed to maintain a more consistent room temperature.
5. Design Your Bed for Warmth
Flannel sheets and a down comforter can help keep heat next to your body. Your mattress can also make a big difference to your warmth. Memory foam and hybrid mattresses tend to be warmer than innerspring models. Just be sure you consider your partner’s warmth and comfort as well. You might consider a memory foam mattress topper if you’re not in the market for a new mattress. That way, you can remove it once summer arrives.
6. Alternative Heating Methods
You can withstand cooler temperatures in your bedroom if you use alternative heating methods, such as:
- Adding Layers: Layer on the warmth before you go to bed. Thick, warm pyjamas and socks can help maintain your body heat. You can really take a step back in time by wearing a nightcap as well.
- Drink Something Warm Before Bed: A cup of warm milk will not only heat you up before bed, but it also contains nutrients that are used to produce sleep hormones.
- Hot Water Bottle or Rice Bag: Hot water bottles, those made of silicone, can be filled with hot water and placed at your feet for extra warmth. A fabric bag filled with rice can be heated in the microwave and used for warmth as well.
Planning ahead can help you reduce your energy waste. You’ll stay warm and cozy and know that you’re cutting down on your carbon footprint.
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