Winterizing Your Home
Can Save You Money!
A little work now can save you when winter hits.
Install Weather stripping and CaulkingStand in front of your window and door frames. Do you feel any cold air coming through? If so, you have found a place you will want to seal better. Home insulation will make a big difference in your energy costs. Seal these spots with caulk or weather stripping. You may want to consider using an insulating film on windows. It isn't only about keeping cold air out. You want to prevent the warm air from getting out also.
Buy a Programmable Thermostat
Newer homes come with these, but older homes may need to replace them. You want to program the thermostat to turn down when you are not in the house and come back on right before you return. (especially if no one is at home during the work day!) This can save you quite a bit of money!
Run Ceiling fans in reverseHeat rises, so reversing your ceiling fans to turn clockwise will push the hot air down. This will circulate warmer air through the room which will lower the time the heater will kick on.
This one was a new one for me!
Install a "Chimney Balloon"
You can lose quite a bit of heat through your chimney flute. You can insert a chimney balloon and blow it up until it fills the chimney walls. If you want to use the fireplace, simply let the air out and pull the balloon down. Re-insert it when you are done using the fireplace.
Turn Down the Water Heater TemperatureMost water heaters are set up at 140 degrees, but you can reduce the temperature to 120 and save money on water heating costs. Experts suggest running your hot water for 3 minutes and testing the temperature. Do this on 2 different days to see if the temperature is consistent. If it is over 140 on both, you could lower your water heater temperature.
Insulate Water PipesYou should always insulate outdoor faucets and pipes. You also want to look at pipes that may be exposed indoors as well (basement, attic, under sinks). You can wrap them with a towel and tape or buy foam covers at a hardware store. This can save you thousands of dollars on avoidable damage from burst pipes! If you leave town for the holidays, drip a couple of your faucets to keep the water flowing so it won't freeze.
Most of these fixes are inexpensive and can save you money for years to come!
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