Whether you embrace winter weather or only endure it, it’s always a smart idea to winterize your home. Consider new windows, a roof, or energy efficient furnace. All can cut your energy bills. If a major project isn’t feasible, there are ways you can safeguard your home and conserve energy:
- Clean your gutters. If they become clogged, ice can form and damage gutters. It can also lead to water leaking into the home.
- Find and seal unwanted leaks. Choose a windy day to peruse your home. (Try holding a candle to find the leaks.) Check windows, door frames, recessed lighting areas, and electrical outlets.
- Use weather stripping and caulk. It will keep out draughts. Also pay attention to doorways; seal exterior cracks in brick and use door sweeps or draught stoppers.
- Insulate. It can reduce heating bills and keep things cozy. Peruse your attic and check the ceiling joists. If they’re visible, add more insulation.
- Inspect your chimney. Hire a professional to inspect annually for concerns. When not in use, close the damper. Or consider a chimney ‘balloon’ to keep draughts out. For wood stoves, keep the doors closed when not in use.
- Install a new thermostat. Try the programmable variety to reduce heating costs. Turn the temperature down at night or when you’re away.
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