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Save money! Tips on winterizing your home – Part 2

admin | August 26th, 2010 | No Comments »

So last time we talked about areas on the interior of your home where you could prepare for winter and make adjustments. This time we’re talking about the exterior completing the list 10 things that you can do to save energy.

woodfireplace6. Have you chimney cleaned
Calling in a chimney sweep every year or two is always recommended. Not only will they ensure your system is clean and working properly but they’ll also inspect the dampers ensuring that they close properly keeping heat in the house from escaping.

7. Pack your outdoor hoses
Try not to leave garden hoses filled with water and connected to the house. You should always drain the garden house but also the shutoff the line leading to the outside. Freezing in these lines can lead to burst pipes but also bring the cold inside.

8. Clean up the yard and deck
An easy way to save money is to not replace the outdoor things you use during the summer. Protect the items each year by bring them indoors or at least protecting them from the elements with a tarp.

9. Inspect your roof, siding, gutters, downspouts, etc…
An area that is often overlooked is the exterior of a home. Check your home for vulnerable areas. Dirty gutters lead to ice damns and ultimately water damage inside and outside the house. Check for loose or damage siding and replace it. Trim branches and trees that are close to the home. When it snows, the branches can hold the ice and snow against your home creating damage over time. Sweep your roof of leaves and pine needles. These help snow and ice accumulate on the shingles and reducing the life of your roof.

10. Prune your shrubs and bushes
Address the landscaping around your home by trimming pushes, weeding out annuals that have died and correcting mulch beds. This all prevents unnecessary damage to your home from snow, ice and water because of landscaping near your home.

Save money! Tips on winterizing your home – Part 1

admin | August 24th, 2010 | No Comments »

Well it finally rained and the temperatures have fallen below 80, at least for the time being. It was a reminder that it’s nearly September and that winter is right around the corner. We’re all looking to save a dollar and save on our energy usage so over the next 2 posts, we’re gonna share 10 things we can all do to prepare for winter. Here’s the first five:

insulation1. Check your insulation
Maybe the insulation in the walls is something for another day but you can control the insulation in your attic. Heat rises so add to your R-value up there and keep some of that heat in the house.

2. Feel for drafts
Areas around windows and doors are the obvious ones and are easy to address. A little caulking, some new weather stripping or even those sheets of plastic that come in kits to put around windows will help. But don’t forget about electrical outlets and areas where piping comes up through the floor for sink water or heating.

3. Get your furnace inspected
Having a heating professional clean and inspect your furnace will help keep it running its best. Changing filters annually can also be help.

4. Tuck in your hot water tank
Thermal blankets for hot water heaters have been proven in to help keep your water hot and save you money. Personally, a third of my electric bill can be attributed to hot water so I’ll be tucking my hot water tank in this year.

5. Check your water pipes
Take a look at where your water pipes are and address those that may be more likely to freeze during the winter. Also, locate your hot water pipes especially if you are heating the house with them. Wrap your pipes with thermal tubes to keep the water hot until it reaches its destination and help prevent pipes from bursting.