Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Sustainable Winter Living

It's the beginning of winter here in Australia and those cold dark days are just ahead.  It's time to keep warm, keep well, maintain motivation and still live a sustainable life.

There is plenty you can do during winter in the world of sustainable living to get you through the cold dark days.

The following is a winter checklist you can use to ensure you save money and reduce your impact on the environment during winter.  


Health & Personal care

  • Prepare your dry skin products. Winter usually keeps us indoors where there is constant heat, this can dry out our skin and cause dry itch
Make Your Own
Facial Products
Body Care Products
  • Stock up your natural cold and flu medicine box
  • Eat healthy and nutritious food.  Soups are great in winter!
  • Go for fruit and vegetables that are in season
  • Start an indoor exercise routine
  • Drink plenty of healthy fluids
  • Be sure to rejuvenate often


Mindset

  • Review your goals and mindset. The dark grey days of winter can affect our mindset so stay on top of the winter blues.
  • Don’t forget to make sustainable choices when purchasing during the winter months


Home maintenance

  • Clean and inspect dryer hoses and exterior dryer vents
  • Have a professional come to test carbon monoxide levels before using your winter heating system
  • Clean and vacuum bathroom fan grills
  • Change batteries, test and vacuum your smoke detector of any dust or webs as they can prevent it functioning
  • Vacuum radiator grilles on the back of your fridge and freezer, empty and clean drip trays as well
  • Check fire escape routes are free of obstacles and hazards
  • Check all faucets for signs of dripping and change washers as needed. Faucets requiring frequent replacement of washers may be in need of repair
  • Examine windows and doors for ice accumulation or cold air leaks. If found, make a note to repair or replace.
  • Check electrical cords, plugs and outlets for all indoor and outdoor seasonal lights to ensure fire safety; if worn, or if plugs or cords feel warm to the touch, replace immediately
  • Monitor your home for excessive moisture levels — for example, condensation on your windows, which can cause significant damage over time and pose serious health problems — and take corrective action if necessary


General home

  • Switch to warmer bedding. Replace cotton sheets with flannels. Add warmer layers to beds
  • Make sure your family members are outfitted with everything they need for the cold winter months: Gloves, hats, boots, warm socks, and coats
  • Due to storms prepare your home for a power outage. Have candles put aside and check the batteries in your flashlights, make sure they are easily accessible
  • Talk about family safety plans and escape routes. Review your “meeting place” in the event of a home fire to ensure that everyone knows what to do and where to go
  • Warm yourself first before you turn up the heater
  • Keep heating between 20-22
  • Place packets of bicarb in cupboards and storage areas. This will absorb access moisture.
  • Give your home a mini home energy audit
  • Clean using natural products
  • Give your home a detox


Car Maintenance

  • Make sure your tires are adequate for the winter weather in your area
  • Check your car battery
  • Make sure you have extra windshield wiper water/fluid in your car, as well as a brush and ice scraper, blanket, jumper cables, and first aid kit
  • Check Radiator levels and hoses for signs of wear
  • If you live in an area where you expect extreme winter conditions, you will also want to keep a tow rope, shovel, and a bag of sand or kitty litter to help your tires gain traction on icy roads
  • Give your car a service if needed


Land/Outdoors

  • Check seals on windows and doors, repair as necessary
  • Clean and store unused outdoor settings
  • Scrape peeling paint and apply touch up paint
  • Check condition of any decking and apply a water proof sealer if needed
  • Clean and store bicycles and outdoor toys
  • Wash all your windows inside and out to get maximum natural light
  • Check roofing for damaged or missing tiles, repair as needed
  • Prune trees and shrubs
  • Remove annuals
  • Cut back perennials
  • Fertilize and reseed your lawn
  • Feed your bulbs
  • Insulate your compost and turn often
  • Plant winter vegetables


Business

  • Keep down your energy bills buy following our simple guide
  • Check general building maintenance (refer to home maintenance)
  • Review goals and mindset
  • Review marketing plans
  • Clean using natural products

We hope you find this useful and most of all enjoy your winter!

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