How to Save Energy (and Money!) During a Cold Snap

Bethany Kwoka | @bkwoka

New England was recently blasted by an early winter storm. It was called a “bomb cyclone” and a “snow hurricane,” and for a while we all tried to huddle inside and stay warm. While temperatures have now risen back to a balmy 60 degrees, we know it won’t stay that way. So when the temperature drops again, how can we stay toasty without turning up the thermostat so high it breaks the bank?

Why This Winter Storm Was So Bad

Yes this is New England, and yes it gets cold in January. However, this cold snap was a little different. In Boston for instance, the weather hasn’t been this cold for this long since 1918. The reason for this? Climate change.

As climate change warms the world overall, it disrupts typical weather patterns. This disruption can lead to currents of warm air sweeping north, and currents of cold air sweeping south, and currents of air creating swirling storm patterns over the East Coast. What we’re seeing now is this meeting of air currents, which slammed together over the Eastern seaboard and swiftly dropped our atmospheric pressure. This can – and did – lead to blizzard conditions of heavy snow, high winds, and teeth-chattering cold.

How to Save on Your Winter Energy Bills 

While gas companies clamor for us to spend billions on more pipelines to stave off non-existent energy shortages, (more gas pipelines will not help with winter price spikes either, to be clear), there are a few more practical ways to stay warm at home. So before you resign yourself to freezing despite wearing your winter coat inside, consider a few of these options.

 

 

Although you can’t implement every tip immediately, there’s still plenty of winter weather ahead. So after you put up your window covers, adjust your water heater, and program your thermostat, start thinking about the other ways you can save.

The Costs of Climate Change

All this is to say that global climate change has real effects here at home. It’s not an abstract problem for someone else to think about, but an issue that touches everything from your heating bills to your winter travel plans.

New England, with CLF nipping at its heels, has been at the forefront of fighting this. We’re constantly pushing for greater investments in energy efficiency, more renewable energy like wind and solar, stricter laws surrounding harmful carbon emissions, and more.

But here’s the thing – fighting climate change is also good for business. Clean energy and energy efficiency efforts create good jobs across the region. It’s a win-win-win: saving our climate, saving our paychecks, and helping our economy thrive.

Climate change is a fight for everyone, so while you work on your own climate change resolutions for 2018, consider helping us with ours.

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