energy efficient ways to keep pets warm outside

energy efficient ways to keep pets warm outside

Written By

Aimee Gertsch

While it’s true that our pets have a bit more insulation from the cold than we do, it’s still important to help them keep warm in the winter. This is especially true if your pet spends a lot of time outside, but luckily there are a few things you can do to keep your pets warm without breaking the budget.


Just like with people, an extra layer can really help keep your pets warmer when the temperatures drop. Not all pets need clothes, but it is especially important to dress dogs with very short coats, such as greyhounds and chihuahuas, and smaller dogs that are bred as lap dogs. This is by far the most energy efficient option of all, since it doesn’t take a lick of power!


Creating a dog house or chicken coop is a great way to provide your pet with shelter while outside. If you build it with insulation, it will be warm even without being powered. Chicken coops need warming lamps in the winter months. Thanks to their rise in popularity, a wide variety of lamps are available now, many of which have energy-saving features like timers.

Heated Beds
Heated bedding pads and other small heaters for pets can keep your pet warm while using very little energy. There are even heated cat houses available!
Best of all, when the temperatures really drop, bring your pet inside. Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them!