Saturday, September 10, 2011

52 Small Steps - Week 8

Your challenge this week, should you choose to accept it (and should you not already have done it), is to get a programmable thermostat.  For those of you living in the north, set your thermostat to be cool at night and warm up during the day (or not, if you aren't at home).  We have ours set for 15C at night and 18.5C during the day.  If I'm cold, I wear a sweater.  If I'm really cold, I put the heat up to 19C or sometimes if I'm feeling decadent ... 20C!!  For those of you in the south, set it so that your house isn't like a meat locker.  It should be bearably warm, not cold!

Here's the thing - if you aren't home, or your cozied up in your nice warm bed under lots of blankets, you don't need the heat up high.  Really, you don't.  And you can program the thermostat to get the house warm by the time you come home or get up.  Think of the savings!  Both in money and precious fossil fuels.

Like I always say:  "What did they do before"??  What did people do in Texas before there was air conditioning?  They survived, so they must have found a way to make it livable (sitting on the front porch with lemonade and a fan in the heat of the day).  And people up north managed with a wood stove and no central heat.  It might not have been as comfy-cozy as we have it nowadays, but it's doable.

So before you crank the heat, put on layers.  And before you turn on the A/C, take some off. 

A reading suggestion for this week:  "Garbage Land" by Elizabeth Royte.  I'm reading it right now and it will make you think!

DVD of the week:  "Fresh" - a movie about our food system.  Available in Alberta through the TracPac library sytem (interlibrary loan).

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