Norfolk County is encouraging residents to turn down the thermostat on Feb. 4 to raise awareness about energy conservation and climate change.

Since 2010, more than a million Canadians have bundled up for National Sweater Day to promote the need to conserve fossil fuels, such as those used to heat our homes.

Participants are asked to turn their thermostats down by 1.5 degrees Celsius, in recognition of the effort to limit the rise in global temperatures by the same amount, and to instead sport a favourite sweater.

“Making up about 50% of your energy bill, heating is the single largest use of energy in most homes. Turning down your thermostat and putting on a sweater is a simple, no-cost action that all Norfolk County residents can easily do to take action on climate change and reduce their heating costs,” says Michael Simoes, Chair of Norfolk County’s Energy Conservation Committee. “Participating in National Sweater Day demonstrates Norfolk County’s commitment to address and adapt to climate change.”

Norfolk will turn down the thermostats at County facilities, and is encouraging staff (many of whom are currently working from home) and community members to take part and share sweater selfies on social media.