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2017-10-11 / Features

Winterize Homes to Save Money, Headaches

Now is the time to prepare your home for winter. A few simple suggestions will help you save energy while decreasing your utility bills.

Stop Energy Loss with Doors

Insulation strips work great around doors and can be applied easily, just like sticky tape, to help prevent unnecessary cold air from entering your home. It also makes sense to use a draft guard on the bottom of your door’s interior.

Well-Insulated Windows

Cracks around window frames are a popular escape point for warm air. Check for weak points around your windows by running the palm of your hand around the edge of the frame. Patch the weak points with some type of sealant by squirting it on and smoothing it over.

Consider Double Pane

It might be worth investing in double pane windows if you haven’t already. This could save you hundreds of dollars on your utility bill.

Use Window Coverings

Closing blinds or curtains after dark traps in the warm air and prevents drafts, especially if they have thermal backing for added warmth retention. Shrink-wrapping your windows also will help retain warmth.

Fill Floor Gaps

Most homes have gaps between the skirting board and the floor, and if you have floorboards there’s likely to be a few gaps between them, too. Silicone sealer works great to fill the gaps, and putting a rug down isn’t a bad idea either.

Insulate the Attic

One of the most efficient energy savings options is to make sure your attic or loft is well insulated. There are a variety of insulation options available for your home or garage.

Cover Cold Walls

If you have a concrete wall in your home with no or bad insulation, it’s a good idea to add insulation and cover with plasterboards or sheetrock.

• Run ceiling fans in reverse

• Shut off your outside water source

• Flush out your irrigation system

• Give your heating system a tune-up

• Insulate pipes and seal ducts

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