CBS News recently reported that the U.S. economy took an estimated $5 billion hit last year due to frigid weather stemming from lost productivity and higher heating bills. Furthermore, we are expected to experience another brutal winter heading into the New Year. Here are some really cool, low cost weatherization tips you can do in your home:
Energy Audit: An in-home energy audit is the first step to assess how much energy your home consumes and to evaluate what measures you can take to enhance the health, safety and comfort of your home. An assessment will show you the opportunities you have to save significant amounts of money over time while being healthier and more comfortable. Not sure if you’re ready for the professionals, try TVA’s online audit you can do it yourself.
Seal it up: If you can see light coming through the seal of your doors, then you need to add weather stripping to close the cracks or buy a door draft stopper. Here’s a cool little trick. Try walking by windows and doors with a lit stick of incense. Drafts will pull the smoke that direction, showing you the drafts. Make sure you seal those areas!
Insulate your pipes: Insulate vulnerable pipes to avoid damage from freezing temperatures. Insulate pipes located outside, in the crawlspace or unconditioned basement, and on areas where you have plumbing on the exterior walls. For more information, click here.
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