Colorado has recently experienced its fist few dustings of snow. But before the hard-hitting storms blow in, make sure you hunker down and winterize your home. Winterizing will ensure your home is energy efficient and able to keep your family nice and toasty for the coming cold months. Doing these small chores around the house will do wonders to help prevent damage to your home from snow and ice. Not to mention, how much your wallet will appreciate you!
Ceiling fans are everyone’s favorite summer budget saver, but most people don’t know that you can also use them in the winter to keep your house warm. Every ceiling fan comes equipped with a switch that allows your to reverse the direction. Changing the rotation to spin clockwise will force warm air down to recirculate throughout your home. Just remember to switch it back once the weather starts to warm up!
Changing your furnace filters regularly is one of the most inexpensive ways to lower your electric bill during the winter. A new filter usually runs about $10. A dirty filter impedes air flow, reduces efficiency, and could even cause a fire in extreme cases. Replacing your filters will also do wonders for the longevity of your furnace. You might also consider replacing your disposable filters with reusable electrostatic or electronic ones. Simply wash them once a month and they’re good to go.
Drafts in your home can contribute anywhere from 5% to 30% of energy waste in your home. Using a draft guard is a simple and cheap way to prevent that warm air from slipping out and the cold air from sneaking in. Buy one from the store or easily create one yourself for even cheaper. A rolled-up towel under the door will also work just as well to keep your home nice and cozy.
For around $20 – $30 you can pick up a window insulation kit at your local hardware or discount store. While it may not be the most fashionable tip, installed window tape should be near invisible when properly installed. It will provide a buffer from drafts while also helping to keep up to 70% of heat from leaking out of your windows.
Colorado snow can often be wet and heavy. If you have any trees near your roof, windows, or driveway it would be a mistake not to trim them back. A large, low hanging branch covered in snow and ice can quickly turn into a phone call to your insurance company once it comes crashing through your ceiling or denting the hood of your car.
Wrapping your pipes with insulation is a wonderful idea for so many reasons! First of all, it can help your prevent your pipes from freezing during cold winter nights. It can also help reduce heat loss while raising water temperature delivered through your pipes – allowing your to reduce the heat on your water heater. This will help lower your gas bill and make your pipes more efficient.
There is nothing more cost effective (and comfy!) than bundling up during the winter months. Throw on an over-sized sweater; slip into a pair of long, fuzzy socks; and cuddle with up your favorite blanket to keep the cold away. Your energy bill will thank you!