Simple tips to achieve Hygge – and save energy
Hygge, pronounced “hue-guh,” is a feeling or mood associated with extreme coziness and comfort, which allows for conscious appreciation of the moment.
It’s not about changing your lifestyle – it’s about slowing down to do small things that make you happier, cozier, and more appreciative.
The same is true for saving energy. Here are some simple tips to help you do both.
Set the mood
Cut the lights and light some candles to set the mood for a cozy evening. The warm glow will instantly make your home feel more peaceful. If you want to get lost in the moment – maybe with your favourite book – but don’t want to worry about flames, try battery-operated flickering flameless LED candles.
Dimmers are another great way to set the mood in any room. Dimming your lights will make your home feel cozier, while also helping your bulbs last longer. And, if you want to ensure you get your lighting just right, try installing lightbulbs that allow you to switch colours for ambiance.
Create a healthy, happy atmosphere for yourself. Decorate with houseplants to enhance the quality of life in your home. Plants provide several benefits, including increased humidity, which helps combat dry air during the winter months to keep you more comfortable. Peace lilies and Boston ferns are particularly great options to add moisture to indoor air.
Consider also turning off your phone for the evening to consciously appreciate the moment and perhaps spend quality, uninterrupted time with loved ones. You might also consider unplugging unused appliances and devices – like your coffee maker or phone charger – so both you and your home can power down and save energy.
Stay comfy and cozy
Treat yourself to some hearty comfort food to keep you happy and warm. Try using an energy-efficient cooking method, like a pressure cooker, to prepare your dish. A pressure cooker will cook food faster, using less energy than alternative cooking methods. You may also consider cooking your hearty meal in bulk to cut down on kitchen energy use throughout the week.
And, what better way to get comfy than to layer up? Pull on your wool socks, bring out your favourite blanket and cozy up on the couch for a games night with family and friends, or maybe a quiet evening with a movie you love.
You can keep that warm, cozy feeling by ensuring your home is keeping the heat in and the drafts out. Weather stripping is a simple, cost-effective way to keep the warmth in and save energy on heating. You can also invest in a smart thermostat to help keep your home’s temperature exactly where you like it while keeping energy costs low.
Take time for yourself
Slow down and and take the time to do something for you. Whether it’s drinking hot tea from your favourite mug or practicing yoga to feel more centred, allow yourself a moment to save some personal energy and just be.