Scooter’s tips for staying warm while going “green” this winter

Hi friends,

I’m proud of all of you for doing such a good job checking before you burn this season! We still have a little less than two months to go, so keep up the good work.

If you’re like me, you’ve probably noticed it’s been super cold outside, which can make it cold in your house as well and that’s no fun. Here are some of my favorite tips for staying warm without burning wood this winter:

1. Bundle up! This might seem obvious, but it’s an easy way to stay warm without turning on the heat or burning wood. Plus, it will save your parents money, and keep the air in your house healthier, too!











2. Use your window curtains. During the day, make sure all your window curtains or blinds are open to let in the sun! At night, make sure you close your window curtains or blinds to keep the cold air out.

3. Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans. Your fan usually moves in a counter-clockwise direction which creates cool air. However, switching your ceiling fans to a clockwise direction pushes the warm air that’s risen to your ceiling back down, making you feel warmer!







4. Use draft guards. Roll up a towel or blanket and place one at the bottom of each door that leads outside to keep cold air from sneaking in.

5. Consume warm foods/drinks. Drink hot chocolate or apple cider, and eat lots of soup to warm up your body!








If your family does want to burn wood this winter for warmth, always remind your mom or dad to check the daily burn status before they burn wood in your fireplace, fire pit or wood stove. If your family lives in Sacramento County, or the cities of Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Galt, Isleton, Rancho Cordova or Sacramento, you always have to Check Before You Burn. This helps protect all of us from breathing bad air during the winter. You can see if it’s okay to burn wood by visiting or asking your parents to download the free Sacramento Region Air Quality app. Have any questions about wood smoke or staying warm this winter? Email me at!

Your pal,


*Parents: For more information regarding Check Before You Burn, contact the AQMD at
1-800-880-9025; or visit or