Every room in the house, including the bedroom, can use an waste reduction overhaul once in a while. As the room in which most people spend nearly one-third of their life, the bedroom deserves a little more attention. We’ve put together a few of our best tips and tricks to cut down on energy use in the bedroom so you can rest easier.
Start Managing Heat Loss (or Gain) First Thing in the Morning
Most of the heat lost or gained in a bedroom comes from the windows. You can cut down on energy waste by investing in and then managing your windows coverings. Blackout curtains, heavy drapes, and blinds can all be used to regulate the room temperature to reduce the need for use of the furnace or air conditioner.
For example, during the warm summer months, keep the curtains and blinds closed in the afternoon to keep hot air out and cool air in. In the winter, keep them closed when it’s coldest outside to prevent heat loss. Regulating the temperature early in the day can help reduce the need for heating or cooling in the evening when it’s time for bed.
Open the Windows in Summer & Close the Doors in Winter
In the summer, once the temperatures start to cool down outside, you can open the windows to let a cool breeze through your house. Plus, fresh air has been shown to reduce indoor biotoxins and improve your sleep quality, and the air conditioner can take a break for the evening. If the evening temperatures don’t drop far enough to make a difference, it still might be worth opening the windows for the breeze. Moving air helps evaporate moisture on the skin, making you feel cooler.
In the winter, when retaining heat is your goal, close the closet and bedroom doors. You can also close the doors and heating vents in rooms you don’t use at night. With doors closed, your furnace won’t have to work as hard to heat your bedroom and a few other key areas.
Adjust the Thermostat
Adjusting the thermostat at night can save a surprising amount of energy and money. In the summer, turn it up so the air conditioner isn’t running while you’ve got the windows open. During the winter, turn it down and throw extra layers on your bed. Most people sleep comfortably between 60 and 68 degrees because of a drop in body temperature necessary for the onset of sleep. Those extra degrees will make a difference on your next energy bill.
Consolidate Your Cords and Shut It Off
When you’re asleep or not in the bedroom, turn off all lights and electronics. Even better, unplug them as some devices still use a small amount of power when not in use. Rather than walking around the room unplugging every device individually, use extension cords to connect all of your devices to one power strip. When it’s time to shut everything off, all you have to do is turn off or unplug one power strip.
Dress Your Bed for the Season
Your mattress and bedding make a difference to your body’s ability to regulate your temperature. If you live in a climate that experiences hot summers and cold winters, opt for a hybrid mattress that offers good breathability in the summer but the warmth of foam during the winter. Natural fiber sheets like cotton and linen have a loose weave that will keep you cool in the summer while flannel and jersey offer more warmth in the winter. And, of course, an extra blanket in the winter will help keep you comfortably warm.