- Seal up cracks in walls, around door frames, and around windows with caulk. You can reduce your energy bills by as much as 10% by sealing the air leaks in your home.
- Buy new door sweeps (check them yearly for cracks or splits), or make draft dodgers.
- Use expanding foam to seal around your dryer vent, pipes, or drains with openings to the outside.
- Make window quilts or hang heavy drapes to keep cold air from coming through the window.
- Use foam weatherstripping around outside doors, and inside doors to rooms that you aren't heating.
- Add Insulation to your attic. It is one of the most cost-effective ways of moderating the temperature in your home.
- Keep the curtains or blinds on south-facing windows open on sunny days (close them at night). Use the sun to warm your rooms.
- Insulate heating ducts that run through unheated spaces like the attic or basement. You can lose up to 60% of your heated air if your ducts aren't insulated.
- Insulate the first 6 feet of the hot and cold water pipes connected to the water heater.
Monday, November 27, 2006
Winterize Your Home
Keep the Heat inside this year: