Tips on How to Stay Warm While Saving Energy
Hopefully the cold weather is almost behind us, but let's face it: it's Canada, and it gets cold in winter!
The Residential Tenancies Act requires that landlords set the heat at 20 degrees Celsius, or 68 degrees Fahrenheit, commonly known as “room temperature.” This is considered to be the ideal temperature for a comfortable night’s sleep.
However, since people’s bodies adjust to temperature differently, here are some tips for keeping warm as the outside temperature cools:
- Wear several thin layers – they hold in heat better than one thick layer. Wool, cotton and fleece are great for staying warm.
- Most body heat is lost through the head and feet, so focus on keeping them covered. It may seem silly, but wearing a hat indoors makes a big difference! Grab some thick warm socks or fuzzy slippers to keep your feet off the cold floor.
- Consider purchasing an area rug for your high-traffic areas if you have tile or laminate flooring.
- Get some exercise! Moving around increases body temperature.
- Put a hot water bottle or heat pack at your feet when you go to bed.
- Use bubble wrap to insulate your windows in less than a minute. (see below)
- Make sure nothing is blocking radiators and vents, so that heat can circulate easily.
- Move your most frequently used furniture (such as your bed or couch) away from windows. Inside walls are the warmest.
- Open blinds and curtains during the daytime to allow the sun to heat the apartment. Close the blinds and curtains at night to insulate and keep cold air out. Heavier curtains will keep out more cold air.
- Ensure all windows and doors are closed tightly. Check for cool breezes that may indicate a leak.
- Roll up a blanket or towel to use as a draft blocker at the base of your patio/balcony doors.
With these tips, you can stay warm for the rest of the winter, while saving energy!