10 Cheap Tips to Winterize Your Home

Winter will soon be upon us, whether we like it or not.  Here are some winterizing tips from Vivian Giang from Business Insider:

Problem: Cold air is rushing in from underneath your door, and warm air is rushing out.Stop draftsSolution: The draft snake, adopted during the Great Depression era, is one of the easiest ways to cut back on energy waste. A draft snake can be easily made by rolling up a towel or filling up a pouch of fabric with kitty litter or sand, advises The Daily Green. Or you can buy one pre-made.

Money/Energy Saved: According to the U.S. Department of Energy, drafts can waste 5 to 30% of energy use per year.

Problem: You suspect your windows are as old as your grandparents and cold air is leaking through the cracks.Solution: Tape bubblewrap on your windows to trap the pockets of air that cool down your home. Although it may look funny, the bubblewrap will still allow light to come through and you’ll be saving some major dough, advises Life Hacker.

Money/Energy Saved: Taping up bubblewrap can avoid drafts which waste 5 to 30% of energy usage per year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Problem: Little gaps in windows, doors, or cracks in the walls are letting cool air in, raising your energy bill.

Solution: The Daily Green offers a test to find out where to seal these gaps: Have a friend stand outside the suspected window/door/wall with a blow dryer while you hold a lit candle inside. If the dryer blows the candle out, then it’s time to seal those cracks using caulk.

Also check the caulk around your doors and windows outside to see if they’ve deteriorated over time.

Money/Energy Saved: Sealing up drafts will save you to up to 30% of energy use annually, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Problem: The air in your home feels hot and trapped, but turning on a fan only produces cool air.

Solution: If you have any ceiling fans inside your home, know the rules: Counter-clockwise rotation produces cooling breezes and clockwise rotation produces warmer air.

Money/Energy Saved: This method will cut your heating costs by 10%, according to The Daily Green.

Problem: The cracks in your door are increasing the air flow in and out of your home, letting warm air out and cold air in.

Solution: Installing a storm door can seal those drafts and help reduce air flow.

Money/Energy Saved: A storm door can increase energy efficiency by 45%, according to The Daily Green.

Problem: You want your home warm so you keep the thermostat high, but your wallet is suffering from the high energy bill.Solution: Set your thermostat to 50 or 55 degrees when you go to bed and work. You won’t enjoy the warmer temperature while you’re asleep or away from the house, anyway. You can also purchase a programmable thermostat.

Money/Energy Saved: Turning down your thermostat 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours a day can save 10% per year on your energy bill, according to Brighter Planet.

Problem: Heat is rising right out of your home, leaving you cold and miserable.Solution: Loading up on insulation is one of the best ways to save your energy bill so add more between your walls, attic floor, and basement ceiling to stay toasty.

Money/Energy Saved: An insulated home loses a quarter of its heat through the roof, according to Energy Savers.

See these and more tips at 10 Cheap Tips to Winterize Your Home – Business Insider.

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