Friday, October 31, 2008

Day 193 of our Green Year: Closing Air Vents

For our Day 193, we decided to do something that is very easy for everyone to do, and it is a great way to conserve heat in your home. All you have to do is close the air vents that are in rooms that are not being used. You do this because it will prevent heat from going into these rooms. Less heat to heat up rooms that are not used means you will have savings on your power bill, while helping to limit CO2 that is produced and put into the atmosphere.

This is a great little tip that everyone can do, and it is even one of the acts listed on One Million Acts of Green from CBC. Obviously, you should not close vents in rooms that you use a great deal, but you can even close vents in rooms that you only use on occasion. For example, close the vents to the bedroom during the day, and open them about an hour or two before you go to bed. That should be more than enough time to help heat up the room, but you won't have wasted heat on that room when you do not need to. Also, remember to turn down your thermostat at night to limit the amount of heat that is generated when everyone is sleeping (hence the reason to open the vents an hour or two before you turn down the temperature. If it is a bit cold in the bedroom because you closed the vent, then that is just a good excuse to cuddle in bed!

Happy Halloween and Samhain to everyone! Remember to stop vampires in your house by preventing these power suckers from drawing power on things that do not need to be plugged in! Unplug your things when not in use.