My husband, Heath, and I consider our four-legged companion part of the family. Sora is our (almost) 2-year-old blue heeler/Aussie mix, and we can’t imagine life without her. I am sure some of you feel the same about your pet. That’s why this winter, I want to make sure your whole family, including your four-legged members, are cozy –– without taking a big “bite” out of your budget.
This month, I’d like to share a few simple ways you can make your home more comfortable this winter, which can ultimately help you save on energy bills as we see wholesale cost pressures on electricity continuing into next year and perhaps beyond.
At the onset of the cold weather season, we replace our HVAC filter for better air quality and to help the unit operate more efficiently. We know winter can be “ruff,” so we set our thermostat at 68 degrees, a “purr-fect” temperature for people and pets. This is especially important for smaller, short hair and senior pets –– not just for warmth, but for their general health. Puppies, kittens and older pets with arthritis or other ailments may have a harder time controlling their body heat and need the additional warmth when it’s chilly out.
Pets that sleep close to the floor can be subject to cold drafts that enter your home through windows and exterior doors. If your pet’s bed is near a window or door that feels drafty, tightly roll up a towel and place it near the bottom of the door or window to eliminate the draft. Cutting down on cold drafts helps everyone feel more comfortable during colder months.
If possible, elevate your pet’s bed so it’s not placed directly on a cold floor. An old chair or sofa cushion works well. If your pup doesn’t use a dog bed, take some old blankets, and create a donut shape on the cushion so your dog can “nest” within the blanket. You can do the same for cats but on a smaller scale. Blankets enable pets to nestle into them, even when they aren’t tired, and provide a warm place for dogs and cats to curl up.
During the day, open your blinds and curtains to allow sunlight to warm your home. Close window coverings at night for an added layer of insulation.
At BCREMC, we want to help you save energy and money. Check out our website for additional energy-saving tips and don’t forget our rebates when installing new HVAC equipment or getting a tune-up on your current system now that winter is approaching.
We can’t control the weather, but these tips should help you save energy and keep your family and furry friends more comfortable during the winter season.