It seems like we were all sweating up a storm and praying for rain just a week ago, but believe it or not winter will quickly be on it’s way. That means it’s already time to start getting your home ready for winter. There are a number of things you can do to not only make your home more comfortable but to also help save you money over the cold months ahead. Here are some of the top ways to get your house ready for old man winter:

No Drafting.
Drafts in your home can waste up to 30% of your home energy use. Fixing this can be as easy as using a good old fashioned draft snake (you can even make them yourself) and placing it at the bottom of a drafty door.

Filters.
Air filters and furnace filters can be easy to forget about but they need to be changed at least once a month during your heating season. Dirty filters can restrict airflow and increase energy use. You may even want to consider switching to a permanent filter for your furnace which can help cut back on waste and hassle.

Turn it down.
If you are going to be out of the house for a long period of time consider turning down your heater. You won’t be home to miss it, and even a couple degree drop can help you save money on your monthly bill. For every degree you lower your thermostat during winter you can save between 1-3% of your heating costs.

Insulate pipes.
You’ll pay less for hot water by insulating the pipes in your home. This can also help keep the pipes from freezing, which can be truly disastrous. First, touch your pipes to see if they are warm to the touch, if so they are likely candidates for insulation. Pre-slit covers from the hardware store are cost effective and generally very easy to install.

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