12 November 2013 ~ 0 Comments

How to Winterize Your Home

With winter right around the corner, colder weather isn’t far behind either. Here at Eton Corp, we’re all about going green and saving energy. With handy winterization projects for your home, you can make your home feel warmer without turning up the heat. Here’s how!

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  1. Dodge the drafts. Drafts are unnecessary energy guzzlers, but an easy fix. Start simply by placing rolled bath towels under a drafty door. Creating these draft snakes can be super simple, or creative with felt tongues and googly eyes. You can use any scraps of fabric—even neckties—and fill your rolled creations with kitty litter to add heft.
  2. Change furnace filters.  This is easy to forget, but no less important. Dirty furnace filters can restrict airflow and increase energy demands. A worry saving-tip: mark a monthly calendar check to replace your furnace filter once a month during the heating season.
  3. Turn down your water heater. Most households pay for standardized water heaters—both in money and scalding skin. While many conventional water heaters are set to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, by turning yours down to just 120 degrees Fahrenheit, you can reduce water heating costs by 6-10%.
  4. Install storm windows and doors. Just the simple act of installing a storm door or window can actually increase your household energy efficiency by 45% through sealing drafts and reducing air flow. Keep the cold winter wind out of your home and keep your energy bills down.
  5. Think of the thermostat. It’s easy to forget about our thermostats when we leave the house, but by turning the heat down when we leave, we can easily save money. Don’t pay for heat that you’re not using. For every degree you turn down the thermostat, you can save between 1-3% of your heating bill.
  6. Put on a sweater. Winter is not the time to walk around scantily clad. You dress for the weather outside, so why not inside? Roughly speaking, a light, long-sleeved sweater is worth about 2 degrees in added warmth, while a heavy sweater—even the ugliest sweater—can add about 4 degrees of warmth. Sweater up and save!
  7. Insulate your pipes. Pay less for hot water and decrease the chance of pipes freezing by insulating your pipes. Get pre-slit pipe foam, cut it to size, fasten it in place with duct tape, and—voila—you’re good to go!

Winterizing your home will not only make your home warmer, cozier, and more energy efficient, but it will also save you on heating bills. So take up the challenge: go green in the winter by winterizing your home. With green tips from Eton Corp, you can transform your whole life into a green, mean, energy-saving machine.

What are some other projects for winterizing your home? Let us know in the comments section.  

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