Source: Do The Green Thing
Hooray it’s Valentines Day. The day you can buy your partner the kind of underwear you wish they would wear – and call it a gift. Or today is the day you can Do The Green Thing and just have a cuddle. No expense, no pretence, no need to consume, no energy to waste, no one looking and nothing to say. Just time together, close and warm, showing love and sharing Human Heat. by Mira Loew and David Altweger
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One way we can stop our planet from overheating is by underheating our homes. Heating uses more energy and creates more CO2 than anything else we do indoors so if you’re cold, leave the radiators off and wrap up in a jumper – or better still, with another person. Created by Mira Loew and David Altweger and starring Jasmin and Fenella, Franziska and Jakob, Yael and Claus, Svila and Ninon, Susi and Markus, Hiedi and Günta and Candy and Sandy.
Most of the CO2 produced by our homes comes from the energy we use. And heating accounts for around 60% of that energy.
What’s more, most homes in the UK are overheated. A nice, comfy setting for your thermostat is between 18C and 21C – but half of the nation’s thermostats are set higher than this.
Instead, warm your cockles by putting on a snug jumper or snuggling up to someone swell and lower your heating a touch or leave it off for a bit longer.
If everyone in the UK used more of their natural human heat – each body is equivalent to a 100 Watt heater – and turned their heating down by just one degree, we’d save 6.7 million tonnes of CO2 each year.
That’s like shutting down fourteen coal-fired power stations for a month, not to mention chopping £716 million off our energy bills.
And being a bit cooler means you’ll burn more calories to generate body warmth, giving you a nicer figure to show off come summertime.