Winterizing Your Home to Save Energy and Money

By Guest Blogger Melissa Katz

There are months that I look at my energy bill and think the total amount due has to be a typo.  Last time I checked, I don’t live with all the doors and windows open!  As my Thanksgiving resolution, I decided I am going to winterize my home with an eye for saving energy and money.

I found a great article in Popular Mechanics on tips for winterizing my home, and I thought I would share some of my favorites for those who prefer to skim. For links or details, click here

  • Change furnace filters
  • Run fans in reverse
  • Winterize your A/C and water lines
  • Turn down the water heater
  • Install storm doors and windows
  • Keep your furnace clean, lubricated and properly adjusted to reduce energy use, saving up to 5 percent of heating costs
  • Turn down the heat when you leave
  • Pick up a window insulation kit at your local hardware or discount store
  • Use an Energy Monitor
  • Use Caulking and Weatherstripping
  • Add more insulation between walls, attic floor and basement ceiling
  • Dress warmer for winter, even inside
  • Insulate your pipes
  • Seal the ducts
  • Take advantage of tax credits by installing renewable energy
  • Choose the right contractor to perform your own energy audit

Stay warm this winter and use all that savings to go someplace warm!!