Is your house ready for hygge?
As we stare down some of the coldest months of winter, embrace a little hygge in your own home. Just make sure to do it the energy efficient way.
- Hygge is a Danish tradition of celebrating the coziness of winter.
- It feels like a warm hug.
- Bring this feeling to your home, and do it in the most energy efficient way.
Denmark is cold.
Yet its citizens consistently rank as some of the happiest people in the world.
Some attribute that to the Danish tradition of hygge. There’s no direct translation for hygge (pronounced hoo-gah), but it generally means coziness or the feeling of a warm hug.
As we stare down some of the coldest months of winter, embrace a little hygge in your own home.
Just make sure to do it the energy efficient way.
Here are a few hygge traditions and the most efficient way to do them.
- Warmth — Hygge is traditionally celebrated around a warm fire. Here are some tips to make sure yours isn’t leaking any of that warmth.
- Bubble bath — Ready for a warm, relaxing soak? Go for it. The Danes would definitely approve. And if you’re in the market for a new water heater, make sure to check these tips out first. The Department of Energy breaks down everything you need to know about which water heater to choose based on fuel type, size, energy efficiency and cost.
- Mulled glogg — Think of it as mulled wine, only better. Here’s a recipe. Yes, the ingredients include wine, brandy and beer, because winter. And while all that goodness is simmering, make sure to use energy-efficient kitchen techniques. Use a burner that fits your pot and a pot with a flat bottom to make sure no heat is escaping through the cracks. I could recommend drinking it quickly here so you can turn that burner off, but that doesn’t seem responsible, so forget I said that.
- Cozy lighting — LED bulbs can be six to seven times more energy efficient than conventional incandescent lights. But back in the day, LED lighting was anything but cozy. Thanks to new advancements, LEDs might just pass the hygge standard. You can now opt for LEDs with a warmer color spectrum. And it helps if you drink more glogg.
- Soft blankets — If you really want to be cozy, you need to wrap up in a big, soft blanket. But when you inevitably spill glogg all over it, make sure you save a little energy when you try to wash out that stain. Wash it in cold water, and maybe even consider laying it out to dry. Perhaps next to the fire. But not too close. In fact, maybe hold off on any chores until the glogg has worn off. Check these tips out for energy efficient laundry. Tomorrow. Afternoon.
Sarah is mom to the two cutest little girls in the world. Before choosing to make changing diapers and reading bed time stories her full time gig, she earned a degree in political science from The University of South Dakota, worked in the governor’s office as a policy analyst and dabbled in communications at her local utility. Follow Sarah on Twitter @EnergyMommy.