Comfort, Joy and Energy Efficiency this Holiday Season

The holidays are great for coming together, connecting with friends and family, and getting cozy in warm sweaters and woolly socks.

Frequently described as the art of coziness or togetherness, the Danish concept of Hygge (pronounced ‘hoo-ga’ or ‘hue-gah’) is becoming increasingly recognizable in North America and was originally a Norwegian term for wellbeing.

Hygge encourages being intentional about relaxing and enjoying the small things. Powering down electronics, wearing warm clothing and creating a comfortable ambiance in your home by turning down the lights and lighting up candles are all Hygge-like ideas.

“They’re also good for the environment,” says Elizabeth Bell, AAC board co-chair. “We encourage Albertans to wrap themselves in warm blankets and wear cozy sweaters so that they can lower their thermostats and use less energy to heat their homes.”

Heating accounts for 80% of residential energy use in Canada and is a significant source of emissions. “If all Canadians lowered their thermostats by just 2 degrees Celsius this winter, it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 4 megatons – that’s equivalent to shutting down a 600-mega watt coal-fired power station or taking nearly 700,000 cars off the road,” according to the World Wildlife Fund.

So, snuggle up with a warm blanket and feel good about saving energy this winter.