Winter is approaching, and there’s no better time than the present to get your house ready for the cold weather. Efficient winterizing can save you hundreds of dollars on your heating bills, as well as lowering your energy footprint. Here are some handy, eco-friendly ideas on how to keep your home warm and green this winter season.
Huge amounts of heat can be lost through old or improperly installed windows and doors. By installing new storm doors and windows, you can save 45% on your energy bill.
Install a permanent furnace filter to reduce energy waste and to keep the air in your home clean.
Weatherstripping windows is a great way to keep the heat in – some people even use bubble wrap, as the air bubbles provide even more insulation against the cold outside.
Attach door sweeps to all outside doors. You’d be amazed at the amount of heat that can escape from even the smallest space beneath the door.
If you live near the country, purchase some hay bales and stack them around the foundation of your house.
Inspect and repair the duct work in your home. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a home can lose up to 60% of its heated air before that air reaches the vents if ductwork is not well-connected and insulated.