Weatherizing Your House or Apartment
November begins the onset of cold weather and consequently, higher energy bills. To save on energy costs and keep your family warm, a few easy weatherizing tasks can make a big difference.
- Caulk around your home. The primary areas to seal with caulk are:
- The top and bottom edges of the rim joist. This is the thick wooden board that sits on top; of the concrete foundation and connects to the floor joists. Going all the way around your home will make a big difference.
- The outside edges of windows and doors. Don’t forget basement windows.
- Any opening on the wall of your home, including water spigots, electrical outlets, air conditioner hoses, dryer vents and gas/water pipes. If holes are large, consider using spray foam.
- If you have Storm windows, use them. If not, cover windows in plastic film, especially windows that allow a lot of cold air to enter.
- Install heavy drapes inside for extra weather protection.
- Weatherstripping is an easy, cheap way to add protection around your doors to keep cold air at bay.
- Adding foam gaskets to the inside of electrical outlets can also help cold air intake.
- Keep doors closed and use under door sweeps or a rolled up towel to keep drafts away.
- The easiest way to control heating costs is to turn down your thermostat. Experts say you save over $150 by just turning down your thermostat by 10 degrees for an 8 hour period of time. Get in the habit of turning down the thermostat every morning when you go to work. Ask your family to wear sweaters and slippers and consider going down a degree or two when everyone is home too.
Living up north comes with cold weather. By doing a few easy tasks now, you can make your winter a little cozier and cost effective!