Keeping your carbon footprint small while working from home in winter

  • Per Minneapolis Plumbing, Heating, and Air: Don’t crank your thermostat.  A thermostat only heats at one speed, so it can’t get to 68° degrees Fahrenheit any faster if you set it to 88°.  When you get home, set it back to 68°*, put on a sweater, and brew yourself a cup of tea.
  • Wear either 1) a wool sweater layered over a turtleneck (get both in black or navy if you fear being frumpy) 2) a cashmere (or merino or mohair blend) sweater. N.B. cotton sweatshirts don’t count because they are definitely not as warm as something woven from animal hair or wool.  (If you’re wondering about the possible environmental implications of natural fiber clothing, that’s a good question which we will address in our next post.)
  • Put tights on under your pants.  Footless tights avoid the bunching, tearing, and toe-pulling qualities of pantyhose.  They’re worth the extra $5.00 or so, esp. since they last much longer than stockings, even after repeated washings.
  • Keep your feet warm with slippers or ankle boots.  This will also make it easier for you to step outside during your breaks, which you should also do, to make the room feel warmer when you get back!
  • Drink tea alternating with hot water.  A saucer on top of your mug will help it stay warm longer.

No more excuses: you’ve gone green, now it’s time to be productive! 

Set a timer for an hour, and you’re off. Good luck!

*best practice is to set your thermostat to as much as 10° F lower overnight and/or during prolonged absences from home, saving energy and about 10% on your electric bill (if done daily for about 8 hours). 

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