Staying Warm The Green Way

By: Jill Cordes
By: Jill Cordes

Wintertime can mean colder weather, more guests around the house and of course, gift giving. Here are some timely tips to help you and your family weather the winter. Starting with this one. If you have a fireplace, you can reuse old newspapers as rolled up fire logs.

Roll the newspaper around a broomstick until you get the size you want, then soak thoroughly in water. Dry the log overnight and use it like ordinary wood.

With colder temperatures and shorter days, it's a good idea to winterize your car or truck. Check your air filter and fluid levels. Inspect your tires for tread wear and proper inflation.

Lots of winter clothing like jackets and scarves are now made from recycled materials. And many fleece products are actually made from recycled plastic bottles. In fact, it takes about 63 20 oz. plastic bottles to make a sweater. So recycling not only keeps bottles out of the landfill, it can help make warm clothes!

Your home uses the most energy during winter. Heating accounts for 34% of all annual utility usage. So check the ductwork and wrap any leaks with ducttape to keep you warmer and your furnace working less.


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