Faced with the winter cold: 10 eco-actions to adopt

Winter is here, and with it, the freezing temperatures are setting in. The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting colder. Our first reaction is often to turn up the heating to maintain our comfort. However, this solution leads to increased energy consumption, which has an impact on our wallet and on the environment. But don't worry, there are simple and ecological actions that you can adopt to protect yourself from the cold while maintaining our planet. Here are 10 effective tips to fight against the cold in an eco-responsible way.

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Insulate your home

Did you know that nearly 30% of heat loss occurs through poorly insulated walls?

By investing in good thermal insulation, you can reduce your energy consumption by 25 to 30% and save up to 460 euros per year. A simple action that makes a big difference. By using insulating materials such as rock wool, glass wool, you can maintain heat inside your home, reduce heating needs, and make significant savings. Great no?

Use a programmable thermostat

By installing a programmable thermostat, you can regulate the temperature in your home according to your needs. All you need to do is set lower temperatures during the night or when you are away, and schedule periods of comfort when you are at home. This initiative can reduce your heating consumption by 10%, which translates into savings on your energy bill and a reduction in your carbon footprint.

Dress warmly

Instead of increasing the temperature in your home, opt for warm clothes and cozy blankets. By wearing thick sweaters and socks, you can reduce the heating by a few degrees and save up to 10% on energy. Plus, it will allow you to enjoy the feeling of natural warmth, without the harmful effects of overconsumption of energy. The planet and your wallet will thank you!

Chase the air currents

Say goodbye to drafts and make your home a cocoon of warmth and comfort! Indeed, air currents are responsible for numerous heat losses in our homes. To combat this phenomenon, plug cracks around windows and doors with gaskets or door windings. By eliminating air infiltration, you can save up to 15% on your heating bill.

Use thermal curtains

Thermal curtains are insulation superheroes. They are a great way to insulate your windows and keep the heat inside. They are made of extra thick, lined fabrics that act as a barrier against the cold outside. By reducing heat loss by 25%, thermal curtains can save you up to 150 euros per year. In addition, they add an aesthetic touch to your home while improving the energy efficiency of your home. It's combining the useful with the pleasant isn't it?

Opt for eco-responsible heating

If you are considering replacing your heating system, opt for eco-responsible solutions. Heat pumps, condensing boilers, or solar thermal systems are all options to consider to reduce your carbon footprint. For example, a heat pump can allow you to save up to 30% in energy compared to a traditional heating system. Investing in eco-friendly heating is not only beneficial for the environment, but also for your long-term budget.

Adjust the hot water temperature

Did you know that lowering the temperature of your water heater by a few degrees can make a big difference? For every degree less, you can save up to 7% in the energy used to heat water. So why overheat? In fact, by setting the temperature of your water heater to 55°C you get a temperature that is perfectly adapted to your daily needs. This small action can significantly contribute to reducing your energy consumption and reducing your carbon footprint.

Switch off your standby devices

Did you know that electrical appliances that are on standby consume up to 10% of the total energy used in a home? To save energy, consider turning off your electronic devices completely when you are not using them, or even better, use a power strip with a switch to turn them on with a simple gesture. By adopting this simple habit, you can significantly reduce your electricity consumption and contribute to the preservation of our precious natural resources.

Opt for alternative heat sources

To heat your home in an ecological way, explore the various alternative heat sources. For example, use a wood or pellet stove, which are more sustainable options than traditional heating systems. Not only are these solutions more environmentally friendly, but they can also add a warm and friendly touch to your home.

Adopt a winter preparation routine

Finally, to deal with the winter cold in an eco-responsible way, adopt a routine to prepare for winter. Make sure that your heating system is well maintained so that it works optimally. Check the insulation in your home and make the necessary repairs to avoid heat loss. Also plan indoor activities that will allow you to enjoy pleasant moments while limiting the use of heating. By adopting these 10 eco-gestures, you can make a real difference in preserving our planet while maintaining your comfort. Every gesture counts.By acting now, you are creating a long-term positive impact, for yourself, for your wallet and for our planet. In this cold period, after dark, not everyone has the chance to find the comfort of a home to warm themselves up again. Many NGOs help those who have to deal with extreme temperatures. Every year, we run a campaignGreat coldin several countries, in particular in Lebanon, France or even Bangladesh. We distribute fleece blankets, heating, warm clothes, water but also hot meals to bring comfort and warm hearts! So, ready to transform your home into an eco-responsible haven of comfort and join LIFE?

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