|Here Linda is modelling the warmest, snuggliest low carbon winter lounge wear.|
I know someone who likes to wear shorts all day while at home. Even in the winter. It is a carbon-intensive process to keep that house summer-like inside at a time when outside temperatures can get to minus 30 degrees C (-22 F) or colder. It is also very expensive.
While room temperature can be anywhere between 21 and 29 C (70 and 84 F), I would find even 21 to be on the too warm side.
That could be because I wear a toque all winter. Two layers on top and warm pants below, with wool socks and slippers comples my winter uniform. While Linda can also brave a sub-room temperature environment, she prefers a slightly warmer temperature than I do.
We have come up with a variety of methods to keep Linda warm inside when the temperature drops to 15 C (59 F), the coldest we have had it inside during the day this winter. That was on the cool side, even for me. We usually keep our home between 18 and 20 degrees C (64 and 69 degrees F) during waking hours.
The only time she had to resort to the full down sleeping bag was the day we let the temperature drop to 15. Linda was a wiggly warm winter worm. While she was right toasty, our down bags are usually on hand in case of emergency, like an extended power outage.
Mostly we use sweaters, layers, fleece, blankets, wool socks, hats, slippers, movement and hot beverages to maintain our comfort level during these cold days. What we don't do is automatically reach for the thermostat or fire up the wood stove. Or wear shorts.
We want to stay warm and lower our carbon footprint at the same time. Saving money isn't as important as saving the world, but it is a nice bonus. Snuggle down my winter-dwelling, low-carbon comrades, and save those shorts for summer. It's coming.