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As winter fast approaches, it’s time to prepare your home for the cold weather. By accomplishing these 9 simple tasks, you can increase your home’s energy efficiency and  help protect it against damage caused by rain and colder temperatures.

  1. Arrange for a home energy audit.
    This is done by a professional and can help you uncover any issues or problems with your home before the cold weather sets in.

  2. Feel for under-door drafts.
    You may be surprised at how much energy we lose underneath doors that are not properly sealed. To cut down on energy loss, you can use a “draft snake” or replace the weather stripping beneath your door.
     

  3. Seal around windows.
    You may be losing heat around your windows as well. By making sure they are properly caulked, you may cut your heating bill dramatically.

  4. Add insulation.
    Many older homes have little or no insulation in the roof space. Adding insulation to the roof space, walls or floors can make a big difference in winter (conserving heat) and summer (keeping the cool air in).

  5. Update your appliances.
    By upgrading an old air conditioning unit or heater, or purchasing more efficient appliances, you can increase your home’s energy efficiency while keeping it warm during those cold weather months.

  6. Change the direction of your ceiling fan.
    Did you know that rotating your fan clockwise produces warmer air, and counter clockwise produces cooler air? It’s true!

  7. Install a programmable thermostat.
    Keeping temperatures lower at night can save you a lot of money on heating costs.Additionally, smart thermostats or temperature monitors will wirelessly alert you to unusually low temperatures in the home, which is a possible sign of other issues that may need to be investigated. 

  8. Lower your water heater temperature.
    By keeping the maximum temperature of your water heater just a little lower it will consume less energy, which can also save money.
     

  9. Clean your gutters regularly. 
    Clear roof gutters and downpipes so they can drain properly and won’t cause issues with hail build-up or water overflow during a storm.

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