The Issue

     Winter leads many people into seeking refuge from the cold inside their houses. Did you know that changing your thermostat by just one degree can help significantly lower carbon pollution? Studies showed that simply reducing all thermostats by one degree could save roughly 40% of carbon emissions in the USA. Not only can limiting your heating help save on bills, it’s also an easy way to start lowering your carbon footprint one step at a time. So if you’re ever finding it too cold, don’t run for your heater. Instead, try layering a few clothes, snuggling under a blanket or making yourself some hot chocolate to stay warm. You may not even realize how your heating habits have changed!


Source: Energy, Carbon-Emission And Financial Savings From Thermostat Control, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, May 2013.

This article was written by Genevieve Qua-Enoo