Weatherization Tips: Save Tons of Energy & Tons of Money

Is your home prepared to withstand temperature changes and extreme conditions from outside? Well, why not! Weatherizing your home is your best bet for putting some extra cash in your wallet this winter. Make your home feel warmer this season, without breaking the bank with these great Do It Yourself tips!

Improve Insulation:

It may not be very esthetically pleasing, but insulation is one of the best ways to make a big difference. Add more insulation between walls, and make sure you focus on the attic. Making sure your attic floor is properly insulated, can help keep warm air in your home.

Drafts:

Drafts can waste 5% to 30% of your energy use, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. The solution is simple, use a “draft snake”, which you can easily make yourself by placing a rolled towel under a door to minimize the cool air from seeping through.

Reverse Your Fans:

Fans are not just for cooling your home. What most homeowners don’t know is that some ceiling units come with a handy switch that reverses the direction of the blades. This rotation produces the circulation of warmer air pooled near the ceiling, resulting in cutting your heating costs as much as 10%!

Get Rid of the AC Wall Unit:

It will only take a few minutes and you most likely won’t be using your window A/C unit, so remove it. If you do not have a quality tarp to cover the outside of the unit, this may be the solution for cool air sneaking in through the cracks of your window.

Window Insulation Kit:

Pick up a window insulation kit at your local hardware store. This window plastic is essentially invisible and adds a buffer against drafts and still air, which can give a nice boost to your home’s ability to hold heat.

 

By Aleshia Jijon, Realtor

 

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