Sustainability in the Winter

Did you know that the Lindenhurst Memorial Library is a certified sustainable library. What does that mean? That means we are committed to environmental stewardship, economic feasibility, and social equity. Being sustainable in the winter can sometimes be a challenge, but here are some things you can do to help. The colder weather makes us want to stay inside and crank up the heat. This may sound good, but for the environment that means more energy and more resources are being used. But don’t fret, you won’t have to freeze in order to be sustainable. There are plenty of ways to use your energy efficiently and cut down on resources you are using.

Layering up is a great way to stay warm in the Winter. Thermals, sweaters, fleece-lined pants, and fuzzy socks make for a toasty warm outfit that is sure to keep the cold out.

Adding an extra blanket to your bed is another great way to stay warm while you sleep. Throwing a blanket on the couch for when you settle down to watch Netflix or read a book will make you wonder why you’ve never done this before.

A hot beverage or a cup of soup will warm you from the inside out. And, if you’re going out, don’t forget to fill up your reusable mug with some hot chocolate and marshmallows to keep you warm.

On sunny days, open the blinds, shades, and/or curtains to let in the warmth from the sun. If you feel a draft when you open those blinds then get some insulation tape to cover the seams or roll up a towel and place it on the sill to block the cold air from blowing in.

Run your ceiling fans in a clockwise direction. This will pull the warm air from the ceiling and recirculate it through your home, cutting your heating costs by about 15 percent.