You spend nearly one-third of your life in the bedroom, but it’s not usually the place you think of when cutting back on energy use. However, everything from the pillows and mattress to your bedtime habits can eventually create energy waste. Changes in your habits and the room set up can make all the difference. Some may seem small and insignificant, but over time, they can cut down on your bill and environmental impact.
Cool It Down and Stay Warm
Better management of your thermostat is one of the easiest ways to cut back on energy use. Most people sleep comfortably between 60 to 68 degrees. While there’s some variation among individuals, maintaining this temperature range often results in the best quality sleep.
In the summer, turn the thermostat up or off at night. If you live in a warm climate, cooling pillows and mattress toppers can improve breathability and prevent you from overheating. You can also use breathable bedding made of natural fibers to prevent heat and moisture from becoming trapped against your body. Try letting nature help out by opening windows for a cool breeze in the evening.
In the winter, turn the thermostat down. You can use extra bedding, blankets, and sleepwear to keep you warm in lower temperatures.
A programmable thermostat can make these temperature changes for you, making it easier to save energy. Keep in mind that how you use the thermostat also impacts energy use. For example, according to the Department of Energy, you should “Avoid setting your thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn on your air conditioner. It will not cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling and, therefore, unnecessary expense.” The same logic applies when it comes to warming your home.
Prevent Heat from Escaping and Entering the Home
The better the insulation and seals you have in the bedroom the more energy efficient your home will be. Insulating and sealing windows prevents both warm and cool air from leaving or entering your home and cuts back on the energy used by your heating and air conditioning. Check your windows once or twice a year for any leaks that could use some extra caulking.
Your curtains, blinds, or drapes provide a second layer of insulation over the windows. Some curtains have a thermal layer to keep outside air where it belongs. Keeping your curtains closed during the day can reduce the energy needed to keep you comfortable.
Unplug at Night
Any device that’s plugged into an electrical outlet will use a small amount of energy, whether it’s turned on or not. Energy waste will go down if you unplug your television, lamps, and other electronic devices before bed. You can make it easier on yourself by plugging devices into power strips using extension cords so you can turn more than one off at once.
Make sure all lights are off at night. Not only do they use energy but the light can interfere with your sleep cycle. However, a motion-activated night light that’s plugged in low to the ground can provide enough light safely navigate during any nighttime bathroom trips.
Small Changes Make a Big Difference
Many of these changes are small but cut waste for a smaller energy bill and environmental impact. If you get in the habit now, your consistency will pay off in the end.
Thank you to our guest blogger, Sarah Johnson of Tuck!