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5 cheap DIY ways to winterize your home

by admin on October 25, 2013

Every time the winter season rolls around, we tell ourselves that this is the year that we’re going to do a better job of prepping it for cold weather so that we can save a few more dollars on our energy bills. And yet, it seems like each winter comes and goes without us doing much more than turning up our heating units or putting a few logs in the fireplace.

If this is the year that you want to commit to being proactive when it comes to winterizing your house, the good news is that we have some tips that are relatively inexpensive but highly effective at the same time. That way, you won’t have to spend a lot of money to keep warm. As a matter of fact, you’ll actually be able to save some money in the process!

Put some insulation around your pipes. There are a lot of people during the winter season who find themselves not being able to use their water because their pipes have frozen in the middle of the night. One thing that you can do to avoid this is to turn on your faucets, just enough to produce a light water stream. Another thing that you can do is to insulate your pipes. Although it might sound a bit complex, all you need to do is purchase some insulation tape from a local home improvement store and put it around the pipes, especially in your basement, bathroom and kitchen.

Reset your ceiling fans. While people usually don’t think to turn on their ceiling fans in the wintertime, the reality is that they can actually be a really helpful way to keep the rooms in your house at comfortable temperature. The reason why is that when you set them to rotate counterclockwise, it pulls the heat from the ceiling down closer to where you are.

Get some towels and bubble wrap. If you already have double-pane windows and storm doors, then you probably won’t need this tip. But if you don’t, you might be surprised how beneficial a couple of towels and some bubble wrap can be. When it comes to the towels, simply put them against the bottom of your front and back door. For your windows, tape some bubble wrap across the interior of them. Both of these things will help to insulate your doors and windows really well.

Also get some thermal curtains and throw rugs. Something else that you can do to keep warm is to purchase some thermal curtains for your windows. They are designed to help block out the cold. If you happen to have hardwood flooring, a beautiful way to insulate your floors is to buy a couple of throw rugs. Your feet will be so glad that you did.

Conduct an energy audit. There’s a chance that you could be wasting energy and not even know it due to some worn insulation, a water leak or you needing some heat and air conditioner repair services so that your unit can work more effectively. One way that you can find all of this out is by conducting an energy audit. For steps on how to do that, go to Energy.gov and put “DIY energy audit” in the search field. Happy winter to you!

 

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