Keeping Warm in Chicago this Winter!
Chicagoans know how to deal with freezing temperatures. The average winter temperature in Chicago for the past 150 years has been 26.4 degrees Fahrenheit. In 2014 we saw the third coldest winter in the past 150 years with an average temperature of 18.8 degrees Fahrenheit.
Over the years Chicagoans have all come up with their own little tricks for facing the cold temperatures. So we have compiled the best cold
weather lifestyle tips with Mother Nature in mind. The next time you are cursing the skies or are daydreaming of summertime Chi, refer to this list to help you get through!
1. Use non-toxic de-icers for your outdoor driveway and walkways
Clean cat litter, sand, or fireplact/stove ash work well as non-toxic de-icers. Chemical de-icers can be harmful to the environment. Trees, plants and nearby water bodies can be negatively effected by the runoff of the chemical de-icers.
2. Weatherize your apartment or house
Install insulation and seal gaps, cracks or holes that are letting cold air in.
3. Close off any rooms that you are not using
No need to waste energy heating a room not in use. Remember to turn off your heater if you are planning on being away or install a timer.
4. Use heavy curtains to keep the heat in and the cold out
Up to 40% of the heat escaping from your home in winter is from uncovered windows.
5. Let the sunshine in during the day
If you have any north facing windows, open up their curtains when it is sunny to let the sun heat up your house for you. Your houseplants will also thank you!
6. Maintain your heaters
Clean your heating ducts and your furnace’s filter to save money on your heating bill and conserve energy. Furthermore, having your heater serviced professionally at least every two years will keep it running more efficiently. If you are planning on purchasing a new furnace look for the Energy Star label to ensure your furnace is energy efficient.
7. Invest in comfortable wool socks and/or warm slippers.
I am personally a big fan of my L.L. Bean slippers that have kept my feet warm through several rough winters in Maine.
Small lifestyle changes can add up to a big difference. Thank you for helping to keep Chicago Green!