Green ways to beat the winter chills in the home

Going green this winter

Contribute any way you can this winter

The electric heaters are switched off as ‘My Green Home’ switches on to wood pellets and warm woolies.

We should rather use a hot water bottle to put the heat where we needs it, rather than warming a whole room.

Families that are changing their home to help change the world are using both the oldest and newest technology to stay warm – without being hit by the usual winter electricity cost shock.

In the past, they relied on a squadron of electric heaters as well as a gas roll that used about 11 bottles of LPG per year. An open fireplace burning anthracite sent more heat up the chimney than into the house.

This year, as part of the My Green Home initiative, we have learned a better way. We can now seal gaps around windows and doors with weather stripping tape to stop cold air from coming in and blocked heat from escaping through the ceiling with rolls of insulation. Worldwide, we have also started insulating our own bodies better, layering our clothing, and snuggling with warm winter bedding from our favourite linen shops.

The open fireplace in the lounge was replaced by a Calore closed-combustion fireplace that burns biomass pellets made of sawdust and scrap wood, which is a renewable source of energy. Popular in the northern Going green this winterhemisphere, pellet heaters are a recent arrival in South Africa. If you are a style-conscious  family, we are sure that the gleaming crimson pellet heater would be loved by all. Most people who are green conscious have started by not having switched on their electric heaters this winter.

This coming week’s theme at My Green Home is heating and cooling – but the focus now is on heating to address current winter needs. The website offers no-cost, low-cost and invest-to-save advice on keeping a comfortable climate indoors without spoiling the climate for the rest of the earth. There are even tricks for employing devices usually used for summer cooling in order to stay warm in winter.

My Green Home is led by the Green Building Council South Africa, with main co-funding from the German government through the South African-German Energy Programme (SAGEN). It’s also supported by the 49M campaign, Karebo Systems and the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI).