Getting your home ready for winter can be a daunting task, and the thought of the energy bills may scare you! Luckily, we have some tips to help with that. After this article, you won't need to face the low temps with fear, you'll be a winter-home pro! Always remember, your local Honey Do Service is just a call away if you need help with anything around the house. Find Your Local Honey Do Here.
This is especially important for homes in climates that can reach temperatures below 40˚F at night. Dripping your faucets at night allows for flow to keep the water in your pipes moving, and prevent them from bursting if they freeze a little. The water that dripped is much cheaper than replacing a burst pipe and repairing whatever other damage that may result.
Weatherstripping is one of the most pivotal elements to ensure your home stays warm. On average, you can save 7.5% on your energy bill during the winter by properly weatherstripping and caulking. (source: The Eco Guide) Professionally-installed weatherstripping and properly-applied caulking is a quick way to save big money during the cold and even in the warmer months.
Having a modern thermostat can save up to $180 a year according to EnergyStar. Most homes built after 2000 make it easy to make the switch, but unfortunately, homes built before then will require an in-depth install process, and sometimes deals with high voltage — you should always consult a professional before working with HVAC equipment.
Easy does it up there. Look for damaged, loose or missing shingles that may leak during winter’s storms or from melting snow. If you see any, be sure to get them replaced before the cold-front hits. Even if you've not had a leak during rain, melting snow and rain interact with your roof differently. Check and have breaks in the flashing seals around vent stacks and chimneys repaired, too.
"Why should I insulate my ceilings and attic? I don't go up there during the winter." Maybe you don't, but your heat does. According to CBS, if you're in one of the estimated 98 million homes in the US that are under-insulated, you may be losing upwards of 20% of the heat your home creates. Do your wallet and perpetually-cold family members a favor by making sure your home is properly insulated.
Don't wait until there's already snow on the ground to go get salt and a shovel. Prep ahead. The last thing you need is to be stuck with no exit plan. If doing the snow removal yourself isn't feasible, there are bound to be companies in your area that do snow removal. Be sure to call them ahead of time and schedule for them to come out so you can be at the top of their list!