After the very first rain storm of the season, winter is finally here! It feels good to know that all our backyards, the hills and mountains around Santa Barbara will turn green again within a few weeks! It is also a time that we can enjoy some cozy, time in the comfort of our homes...not that we really need more of that during this pandemic, but the refreshed air during this holiday season is just the right setting to enjoy some hot cocoa near the fireplace...But what about the energy used around the house?
There are a lot of ways to cut back on energy you use in your home. These will lead to smaller energy bills and more money in your pocket! That is a win for you and a win for the Earth. Start by lowering your thermostat during this winter season (and raising it in the summer). Unplug appliances when they aren’t being used, wash all possible clothes on cold (according to The Worldwatch Institute, 85 percent of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water) and use a drying rack or clothesline to dry your outfits when they are finished being washed. Reducing your energy around the home is literally as easy as a click of the button. Uncomfortable taking all of these steps at the same time? Try one at a time until your home is completely energy efficient!