Saving Savvy – Winterizing tips
December 5, 2014
Winter is creeping up on us faster than ever but people are still procrastinating when it comes to prevention. We want to see everyone making sure their houses are as ready as possible for the coming months. We also know that these do it yourself jobs don’t have to break the bank. A few small preventative measures can go a long way when it comes to your heating bill.
Preventative maintenance doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavour; many effective winterizing options are easy to find and relatively kind to your pocketbook. Investing a few dollars here and there can not only help you with your heating costs but can also help your home as a whole.
First and easiest of all – block up drafty doorways! A lot of heat can slip out through the cracks and something as simple as making sure that the spaces under your door are sealed can make a huge difference to your heating costs. The best part? You can use items from around the house to help you keep the warmth where it belongs. Rolling up a towel and placing it against the bottom of a drafty doorway can make a world of difference. If you feel like splurging a little, many companies sell adorable “door snakes” in fun patterns that will match any décor.
The second idea is also fairly easy – purchase a plastic film insulating kit for your windows. These kits are relatively inexpensive and can be found at most hardware stores. They do not take a lot of effort to install and as long as you take the time to make sure they are secured properly, can save you a bundle. The average kit costs around $25 and comes with everything you need to cover multiple windows in your home. It is up to you whether you want to cover all of your windows, but if you are using this film we suggest you check and see which windows are the draftiest before you start installing. Older windows and single-pane windows tend to leak the most so those may be a good place to start.
The final tip also deals with windows, moreover, the space around your windows! Taking a bit of caulking to the seams around your windows can make a huge difference in how much heat is lost from these areas. Caulking the outside of the windows is a great start, but if you’re feeling ambitious, caulk inside too! Taking the time to remove moulding from around the windows and fill any gaps from the inside will create a better seal and once again lead to savings on your energy bill.
This winter is supposed to be very cold and harsh; make sure you take as many precautions as possible to save your hard-earned money. The chilly weather has already started but we believe it’s never too late to take care of your home.
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