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21 Tips for Staying Snug this Winter


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21 Tips for Staying Snug this Winter

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Old Man Winter is sure to come knocking on your door soon—if he hasn’t already arrived. Here are the first 7 in our series of 21 ideas for keeping him outside, where he belongs!

  1. 11. Seal off drafts.
    Use caulk to seal around drafty windows and rubber weather stripping beneath exterior doors. Preventing drafts can increase energy efficiency by up to 30%!
  2. 22. Make sure your attic and exterior walls are well insulated.
    Heating and cooling your home can account for at least half of its energy use, and adding insulation can help cut that cost by up to 30 percent, according to the U.S. Green Building Council. Hint: Need to add or replace insulation? Consider using a greener option like cellulose, mineral wool or recycled cotton.
  3. 33. Close your storm windows.
    Surprisingly, this is an often-overlooked way for keeping cold air out. Just raise your screen windows and lower your storm windows for an extra layer of winter protection.
  4. 44. Insulate your pipes.
    If they’re warm to the touch, you should probably wrap them. Look for pre-slit foam, available in most home improvement stores.
  5. 55. Don’t forget outlets and switches.
    These can let a surprising amount of cold air into your home. Stock up on plenty of foam outlet gaskets from your local hardware store to keep electrical outlets sealed and snug.
  6. 66. Have your heating system checked out by a professional.
    Most manufacturers recommend an annual inspection to save energy (and money) as well as to prolong the life of the system and to decrease health risks from possible carbon monoxide leaks.
  7. 77. Use a programmable thermostat to control your home’s temperature when you’re away.
    For every degree that you lower your thermostat during the winter, you can save up to 3% on your heating bill.

Do you have tips for helping your home stay warm this winter? We’d love to hear from you! Just leave a suggestion in the comment section below.

Resources:

Trehugger: Greener alternatives to spray foam insulation

Popular Mechanics: 19 Easy Home Winterization Projects

Norwex Movement Blog: DIY Energy Savings – Foam Outlet Gaskets

This Old House: New Insulation Options

Angie’s List: How Often Should You Have a Furnace Inspection?

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campsuz
campsuz
5 years ago

Very good checklist

Sandra Shove
5 years ago

I’ve been a homeowner since 1984. The tips provided in this article are useful for first-time homeowners, as well as seasoned home maintenance veterans. Arranging a rotating schedule of annual seasonal service providers makes running my home like it’s on “auto-pilot”.

Hope Beach
Hope Beach
5 years ago

I finally got a service contract with my ac this time so I will be able to have regular inspections before something breaks again. And I got a programmable thermostat.

Paula Kernachan
Paula Kernachan
5 years ago

When I saw the checklist.. I did not think… lower the storm windows ehehehe… I do it… but did not think of it for the check list ehehehe.

Dianne Miller
Dianne Miller
5 years ago

This is a great start!

Anne McClane
Anne McClane
5 years ago

Great reminders!

Hope Beach
Hope Beach
5 years ago

Good reminders, thanks!

Gingi Freeman
Gingi Freeman
3 years ago

All great tips, thanks for sharing! <3

Efussy
Efussy
2 years ago

I have an energy efficient house, but our usage for the winter is always higher than average. We still don’t know why that is. What is the average temperature people keep their houses in the cold months?

Lia Thompson
Lia Thompson
2 years ago

Great article. Will be employing this once it gets cold again.

Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith
1 year ago

It’s really interesting that you can keep your water running properly just by making sure that the pipes are insulated. That makes me wonder if plumbers or other contractors can buy pre-insulated pipes. I would imagine that would make building and winterizing a home or office building a lot easier.

Linda Neff
Linda Neff
1 year ago

Great tips. And most are not difficult.