Monday, October 19, 2015

Cold Weather is Coming - Save Money


Cold weather is starting to settle in, which means it's time to prepare your home.  Leaves are starting to turn in some locations while in others, trees have already shed all their leaves and are preparing for frigid temperatures. For some people, cold weather is welcomed and for others, they would rather enjoy 90 degree temperatures for the rest of their life.  While people may have different preferences, one thing that bonds everyone together is the need to weatherproof their homes to keep warm air in and cold air out.

Tips for Saving Money in the Cold

Money Saving Tips

  1. Seal the leaks in your home.  Windows are often a spot in your home where you lose a lot of heat. If you live in an old home with older single pane windows, a window sealing kit is a great way to go.  This seals out all the cold air from coming in.  The downside, you can't open your windows to let fresh air in.  Another way to seal leaks is to caulk around your windows where there are cracks.  While caulking tools may look intimidating, they are very easy to use and very inexpensive.  Did we mention filling in cracks around your windows can also save you money in the summer while trying to keep your home cool?  
  2. Clean your fireplace.  If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace, whether it's gas or wood burning, it's important to keep it maintained.  For those with a gas fireplace, there are dozens, if not hundreds of videos online with how-to videos for cleaning out your gas fireplace.  Not only do you ensure it's running efficient, it also is pleasing to look at.  Approximate time to clean, 1-2 hours.  If you have a wood burning fireplace, remember to get your chimney cleaned out every year if you tend to use it regularly.  This will help soot from building up in your chimney and help prevent fires.  It's also a great time to get out and chop some wood and get some exercise.  
  3. Seal your attic.  Your attic is one of the biggest places to lose heat and money during winter months.  The majority of homes with attics aren't always insulated well, even though it's easy to do and very inexpensive.  For about $7, you can buy some weatherstripping foam tape to prevent warm air from escaping into your attic and out through your roof.  
  4. Use Electrical wall socket gaskets.  These fit flush against the plates that go over the electrical outlets in your house to prevent cold air from getting in.  They generally only need to be used on the outside facing walls, interior walls usually don't let cold air in.  

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