"Warming Mats"

By KBJR Manager

February 24, 2011 Updated Mar 10, 2011 at 9:21 AM CDT

Winter is still upon us across the Northland and staying warm by using a space heater can be dangerous and wasteful.

In this weeks "Your Green Life" Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson takes a look at a safer and greener alternative to staying warm.

We have had a lot of snow and cold snaps this winter and keeping warm while at home or work may not always be possible if there is a cold draft.

Space Heaters are a quick-fix in many cases but there is a better solution.

"In the past couple months we had people sign up to register for our foot warmer pilot program. This program basically asks faculty members to sign up and to turn over their space heaters for the foot warming mats", said Sam Domeier. Minnesota Green Corps.

These rubber mats are completely silent and are a greener choice.

"And these foot warming mats are pretty cool, they use about 90 percent less electricity than a typical space heater", said Domeier.

And so far the response has been quite "warm".

"It's Great. It's wonderful, there is only one drawback is that you may end up walking around all day in your stocking feet because your feet are so nice and toasty", said Roxanne Richards. Continuing Education UMD.

The foot warmers are just part of a new institutive to help the students and faculty to go green. They can now sign an environmental pledge to cut their carbon footprint.

"They can use stairs instead of an elevator, they can recycle goods instead of throwing them in the garbage, and they can also unplug their phone and laptop chargers so they don't leak out energy", said Brittany Meyer-Madges from MPIRG's Environmental Task Force; UMD.

Students are also encouraged to not excessively use automatic door openers and to take the bus.
In Duluth, I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, The Northlands Newscenter.

The University of Minnesota Duluth campus is also planning on having a bike to class day at the end of April.