Come to the Green Side


Green Tips for the Winter
January 9, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: Green Tips

If you use a de-icer on your sidewalk or driveway, look for products made from magnesium chloride instead of sodium chloride (salt) or calcium chloride.  Magnesium chloride melts ice at temperatures as low as minus 17 degrees (salt stops working at 15 degrees above zero) and does less damage to concrete, your car and surrounding plants.

Winterize your vehicle by checking your air filter and fluid levels, checking tires for tread wear and proper inflation, and checking the condition of your windshield wipers.

If you have a wood-burning fireplace, save your ashes in a tin instead of throwing them away. Cold wood ashes can be mixed in your compost heap to create a valuable soil amendment that provides nutrients to your garden.

Use electric snow removal products rather than gasoline-powered ones. While electric products consume energy, they do not emit greenhouse gases.

Start by setting your thermostat to 68°.  Your heating system will operate less and use less energy. Turn your thermostat down 5° at night or when leaving your home for an hour or more.

In the winter  make the most of natural sunlight by opening window coverings on south-facing windows to warm your home.  Also, consider closing window coverings in rooms that receive no direct sunlight to insulate from cold window drafts. At night, close window coverings to retain heat.

Run fans in reverse.  Counterclockwise rotation produces cooling breezes while switching to clockwise makes it seem warmer by making an updraft that sends the warmer air pooled near the ceiling back into the living space.

Air dry your dishes.   Skip the heated dry cycle on your dishwasher. Instead, open the door and allow your dishes to air dry.

 

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I think these are all great ideas to stay green during the winter, especially because it is harder during this wintry weather. In our home, we already keep our thermostat very low because we know it will hurt the environment. My mom always says for us to bundle up in sweaters if we’re too cold and always refuses to turn up the heat. As for the other tips, I am quite surprised and will try to keep them in mind for future use! ^_^

Comment by Laila

Good tips!
Winter bird feeders can be made from spreading pine cones with peanut butter or crisco and rolling in crushed stale cereal, bread/crackers and hanging from a tree. Great kids’ activity and you don’t feel guilty about throwing out the cereal, bread or crackers.

Comment by Susan Low

good info

Comment by nancy

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