Simple non-costly Ways to Winterize your Home

This post was written for the inclusion in The Change The World Wednesday (CTWW) challenge with Reduced Footprints.

 

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It’s important and imperative that families save money.  Many of the topics this week will focus on the idea of consuming less/saving more.  This post concentrates on a few SIMPLE things that can be done yourself to prepare your home – so that you loose less.  The goal is waste less fuel – thereby reducing your personal carbon footprint – and being more eco-friendly to your pocketbook.

The focus of this post is simple.  I am going to discuss a 6 easy way to winterize your home.  While I am not going to discuss major changes like, changing all of your windows or replacing your heating system – those major changes make a world of difference.  If you have the financial resources, by all means – go for it.

Here are a few simple ways to winterize your home and reduce your heating loss.

  • Winterize your window with weather-stripping and plastic.  Here is a tutorial on how to accomplish this for less than $25.00.

 

 

  • This applies only if you own a single family home.  Buy caulk, and walk around the exterior of your home and look for cracks – especially around the foundation.  Seal those cracks with caulk.
  • Reverse ceiling fans so that they push the hot air down into the room.
  • Insulate exposed plumping pipes.  Insulating cold pipes reduces condensation – and therefore corrosion of the pipes. Insulating exposed heating pipes reduces the escape of heat.  To do this project, you need insulation and silver duct tape.

 

 

  • Drain garden spouts and hoses to prevent freezing.
  • Have your HVAC system serviced twice a year.  Just have it done by a professional.  Many companies will offer a yearly service plan.

 

What simple steps do you take to winterize your home?

Lisa
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  1. Thanks for the tips! A few years ago, we had double-glazed, high-E windows installed to replace the single-glass ones with aluminum frames (!) where the ice would collect on the inside in wintertime. That investment was totally worth it!
    CelloMom recently posted…Teach Your Parents Well: Children’s Views on Climate ChangeMy Profile

  2. Great reminders Lisa. Caulking always sounded very hi-tech but is really easy and can make a huge difference to your comfort and bills.
    GIlly
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  3. Great tips. I have to reseal my doors with that weather stripping. My step granddaughter had a blast picking it all off over the summer! Another one is to change the filter on furnace. I have the toughest time remembering those seasonal to-dos!
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