While we haven’t hit the winter solstice yet, it’s currently snowing, so by my calendar it’s winter.
While you may not be the “keeper of the thermostat” in your house, you can encourage your parents to be mindful of how they set the thermostat this winter season. As a rule of thumb, your home will operate at optimum energy efficiency if you “heat to 78, cool to 68” degrees F. By adjusting the thermostat just 2 degrees, your heating bills can be lowered by 4% and prevent 500 pounds of CO2 from going into the atmosphere per year (NEED Secondary Energy Infobook).
Worried about being cold? Throw on a sweatshirt and add an extra blanket to your bed you’ll stay just as warm, and be even more cozy than before!