Welcome, welcome to the start of FALL! To us in Charlottesville that means a bit chillier temperatures and beautiful foliage surrounding us. The start of a new season is a great time for reflection and appreciation of our environments. What better way to be grateful ~~another autumnal theme~~ than to change our habits and be proactive in cherishing mother earth. Good news for fashion lovers, a simple mindfulness of the way we dress in these coming, colder months can do the trick.
Before the harsher weather of winter rolls around, it is time to cut back on the heating of our apartments, dorms, and homes and instead, bundle up with our comfy sweaters tucked away in our closets. Pull out the blankets; bring on the scarves and gloves. In the United States, space heating accounts for 43% of energy consumption in a household according to a 2009 Residential Energy Consumption Survey by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. American culture, more so than European cultures, has become very used to the expectation of climate control in our homes, workplaces, and stores. But this needn’t be the case. Dressing for the weather and choosing to keep a sweater on rather than turn on the fireplace is a great habit to cultivate during these next few months. Cutting back on heating will help save your money for more important things like pumpkin spice lattes and will save valuable resources like electricity and natural gas. Additionally, if you feel cozy from your own get up, you will feel more comfortable walking around town and be less likely to burn gas by hopping in a car to run all of your errands. One eco-friendly decision often leads to another.
Check out this university campus–> Western Washington University has introduced “Sweater Days” and series of events including “Knit Nights” to encourage students to wear sweaters rather than turn up thermostats.
So pull out your knits, grab that goofy beanie your grandma made last holiday season, and enjoy the wonder of fall foliage on your walk to class or from the window of a non-heated living room.