They say this is going to be a beautiful weekend. It will be a great opportunity for you to finalize the winterizing of your home. A few little things done around the house can save you big bucks (and big hassles) as winter sets in.
Here’s my easy top-5 honey-do list for the weekend:
- Stop the drafts! Did you know that drafts around doors and windows can waste 5 – 30% of your energy use? Use caulking and weather-stripping where appropriate around windows, etc. There are plenty of fancy gizmos and gadget that you can buy from your local home improvement store to help with the drafts around your doors but one easy way is to revert to the old-fashioned “draft snake”. You can buy them or make one yourself. Have the kids help and let them slap on a few googly eyes and a tongue and you are all set!
- Turn those ceiling fans back on! That’s right, it’s true. The important thing to remember is that you must reverse the blade direction. This will cause the cold air in the room to move up which in turn pushes the warm air, pooled at the ceiling back down into the room. I’ve read that this actually has the potential to cut your heating costs by 10%.
- Change your furnace filters. Dirty filters severely restrict airflow, causing your heating unit to work double time. You might also want to consider switching from your regular filter to an electrostatic filter which is more that doubly efficient and traps many more of the allergens that can cause health and asthma problems for sensitive family members. They cost a bit more but last a long time!
- Put on some clothes! Yes, you heard me! Instead of turning the temperature on the thermostat up and running around the house in shorts and t-shirt – try putting on a sweater. Did you know that for every degree you lower your thermostat, you can save approximately 1 – 3% on your energy bill? It doesn’t sound like much but it adds up quickly!
- Drain your pipes! Make sure your hoses are disconnected, drained and put away neatly (this will also save you money in the spring when you don’t have to buy a new hose) turn off your external water spigots, drain and leave slightly open so that any excess water drains and does not freeze causing your pipes to burst.
So there you have it, my easy top 5 for winterizing and saving yourself some of your hard-earned money! Do you have other winterizing tips that can save us some cash? Just post them below, we’d love to read them!