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How to Winterize your home

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Winterize Your Home and Save Money

When you hear the words “winterize your home” it does not mean that the home has to be just a house.  These three words can also refer to your mobile home, apartment, or condominium.  In this article you will find some tips on how to save money by doing some simple things.

 

Finding Drafts

According to the Department of Energy, your energy use can be wasted 5% to 30% with drafts around your doors, windows, and even electric sockets.  In other words, your money is just blowing out through these areas.  There are some simple things to help stop the drafts.  You can make or buy a Draft Snake and placed at the bottom of the door.  If you can feel air around the doors and windows, you can put insulation around the door frame to make a tighter fit.

 

With the windows, you can attach plastic to the inside and/or outside of the window frames.  You can buy special kits just for this purpose, or buy a roll of heavy duty plastic, cut sheets to fit and either nail or tape them to the window frame.  Doing it yourself instead of using the premade kits would be cheaper although it would be a little more time consuming.

Furnace Filters

Furnace filters should be changed once a month during the heating season.  Depending on the area of the country you live, you should change them once a month starting in either October or November and go through March.  To make sure you do not forget, write the months on a piece of paper and in big bold numbers, the date to be changed.  Put it near the furnace, on the refrigerator, or wherever you can see the reminder.

Ceiling Fans

When you hear people talking about using a ceiling fan in the winter, you might think they are a little crazy but it is true that if you run your ceiling fan in reverse, it will help on your heating bills.   When you have your fan running clockwise, it will help make the air in the room warmer.  The air that is pooled near your ceiling is recirculated back into the room.  By doing this, you can save as much as 10% on your heating bill.

 

Storm Doors and Windows

This saving tip is for people who own their own home, condominium, and mobile home.  If you cannot remember the last time you had new storm doors and windows installed, it may be a good time to do so.  Not only will you save on your heating bills, but it is possible that you may be eligible for an energy tax credit.  They can increase energy efficiency by 45%.  Before you purchase new storm doors and windows, look for the Energy Star-Certified Models.

 

Furnace

Just as your car needs a tune-up, so does your furnace.  Before the cold weather sets in, you should have a qualified technician come to check furnace and make sure that everything is running smoothly.  If you need to replace it, replace it with an Energy Star-Certified Model. In addition, there may be an energy tax credit you can get.

 

Thermostat

Many people forget that a thermostat can develop problems and not function correctly.  If the thermostat is not functioning correctly, it will be hard to keep the house, apartment, condominium, or mobile home warm.  Before you leave to go to work or for any extended period of time, turn down the thermostat, and you can even do that before you go to bed,  For every degree you drop the thermostat you can save between 1% and 3%.  It does not sound like much but it does add up.

 

These are just some of the ways you can winterize your home, apartment, mobile home, and condominium.  You can go online and type in the search box “winterize your home” and many sites will come up.

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