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Although we are seeing warmer days here in NEPA, I think that it’s safe to say that in the next few weeks there is no avoid the colder temperatures and it’s important to tend to winter preparation as we approach the cold winter months. As we scramble to keep the warm air in and the cold air out, it’s a good idea to have a plan. Here are a few ways that I approach the cold, winter months.
Keep the heat in!
When it starts to get cold, I try to do a walk through of my house to see if there are any areas that are drafty such as windows or doors. I know of a few windows that need to be replaced and also our basement door always gives off a draft, but every year I find other cracks that weren’t around last year. Make sure to check around windows and door frames for leaks to prevent heat loss and apply weatherstripping, if necessary. Also, check for drafts around windows and doors. Caulk inside and out, where necessary, to keep heat from escaping.
One of my favorite tips for Winter Preparation comes from my friend Megan at NEPAMom.com on putting insulation behind your outlets on your ehxterior cost of electricity can walls. This looks quick and easy to complete and can safe you some money from heat leaving the house and can also keep your house warmer. Take a feew minutes to walk through your house and feel the outlets that are on exterior walls. Do you feel a draft? Outlet Plate Insulation Kits can help keep your heat from escaping out of your room.
Remove air conditioners from windows or cover them with insulated liners, to prevent drafts. We have central air, so it’s essential for us to place a piece of insulation over the AC Vent and also close all the vents throughout the house with a drill.
The cost of electricity can really hit you where it hurts, especially in the winter when your heat bill rises, so it’s a good idea to know exactly how much energy appliances in your house are using. While preparing for the winter months and maintain a healthy budget, try to purchase an Electricity Usage Monitor like the Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor to monitor the appliances in your house. The knowledge you gain from an electricity Usage Monitor enables cost forecasting and can save you thousands.
Use a programmable thermostat in your home can really keep your home comfortable and help you control energy .
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