Now that colder temperatures are finally here, it’s a good idea to protect your home if you haven’t already. Taking steps to make your home more energy efficient will help you save money on your utility bills, and winterizing your home can prevent costly repairs.
Here are just a few easy ways to prepare your home for cold weather. According to the US Department of Energy, drafts can waste 5% to 30% of your energy use. Block drafts under doors by placing a rolled towel or specially-made draft blocker under them. Reversing your ceiling fans to turn counterclockwise will circulate warm air near the ceiling around the room, which can reduce your heating costs by as much as 10%. Consider lowering your thermostat, too – every degree will save 1% to 3% off your bill.
You’ve probably heard that insulating the pipes inside your home can help prevent them from freezing, but there are exterior water sources to consider too. Drain hoses and turn off exterior water spigots to prevent them from freezing. Store window A/C units to prevent drafts, and drain hoses and pipes from other air conditioners.