Small Footprints has come up with a challenge I can’t do any better on. This week on Reduce Footprints the challenge involves heat.
I forgo cooling my house with air conditioning and even hold off on turning on the fan when it is hot. I can take all the heat you dish at me. But what about the cold? As I type this it is -9F and darn cold out.
Cold is something I can’t tolerate. My doctors have found that anything under 72F can send me into hypothermia. But 72 is way too high for my Eco-conscience to deal with. I have my thermostat turned to 69 and sit here with 2 blankets over my lower body, a t-shirt with a sweatshirt over that and a crocheted blanket over my shoulders. I know the symptoms by now and know when to add even more layers to prevent my body from going into hypothermia.
Let’s do something a bit different this week. Many areas are currently experiencing chilly temperatures and that tempts us to crank up the heat in our homes. Here’s your challenge:
If it’s warm/hot where you’re at, turn the thermostat up by 1 or 2 degrees.
If you don’t use a thermostat to control your home’s temperature, please share the ways in which you keep comfortable.
My choice of a small studio apartment and my body’s inability to handle the cold went hand-in-hand. I took preventive steps to insulate the apartment once I moved here by insulating the seal around the doors, hanging heavier curtains and caulking the window. I made draft dodgers for the bottoms of the door as well. My apartment only has one exterior wall, one window in the entire apartment and only one door that leads directly to the elements. It was the best I could do to reduce my footprint when taking my health into consideration.