Bet that caught your attention! We love a bargain, even if we don’t always recognize one. But in this case, “buy one, get one free” describes how saving energy conserves water, and vice versa, according to the editor of a book exploring the nexus of water and energy.
There is the obvious, of course. If you take a five-minute shower, the hot water heater doesn’t have to work as hard to warm things up and pump it up to the bathroom. On a broader note, using less water means the plants providing you with drinking water and treating your wastewater reduce the energy used, too.
And then there is the mother lode, energy production, which nationally is second only to agriculture in pulling water from freshwater sources. Energy saved is water conserved!
How can we each do our part? In simple ways, with these natural ways to heat your house. While they won’t replace your furnace, see if they can lower your energy bill this winter!
• Do you have ceiling fans? If they have a switch that allows you to reverse the blade’s direction, set it so that it pushes the warm air back down to the room. You’ve heard about how heat rises; why warm the attic?
• Make sure you don’t have furniture blocking your heating vents. Sure, your sofa might offer the hottest seat in the place but that is warmth that isn’t reaching the room at large. And if the thermostat is in that room, too, it is going to keep that furnace running until it hits 70 degrees, one way or another.
• Tap the power of the sun. No, we are not talking about solar power, though that is a sound investment. Until then, when the sun comes out, throw open the curtains and let it heat the house. (And when the sun goes down, pull heavy-duty curtains shut to trap in the heat.)
• Do you have a fireplace? It is a great way to make a room cozy in the winter. But when you aren’t using it, consider buying a plug, which keeps cold air from coming down the shoot. It is easy to install from the inside; just make sure you measure carefully so you buy the right size.
• Finally, dress in layers. Pull on a warm sweater and thick socks. Scatter throws on your seating so people can grab one and curl up. Consider buying some area rugs. It all helps … more than you might guess!