Join REI in making the fight for a life outdoors part of your life with the Opt to Act Plan - 52 weeks of simple actions to reduce your impact, get active, and leave the world better than you found it. Full details can be found here.
Week 34: Use your windows and shades to heat and cool your home.
Passive heating and cooling techniques mean you aren’t relying on forced air systems, like air conditioning and heating, to regulate temperatures in your home. Forced air systems account for 42 percent of U.S. household utility bills. Use your windows and shades to better regulate the temperature of your home. In the summer, close your windows and shades during the day to keep your home temperature regulated, and open the windows at night to allow for cooler airflow. In the winter months, keep shades closed at night to prevent heat loss. Another important step: Make sure your home is properly insulated and sealed; this can have a 25 percent reduction in total air infiltration, resulting in lower costs and more comfort. A home energy assessment can show where leaking may be occurring and provide suggestions for affordable repairs.
Take part: July 19–25, 2020