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John C Flood - Green Home Winterizing Tips

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John C Flood Energy efficient and green methods of winterizing your home.

  • Consider using green alternatives to traditional insulation. There are several options including cellulose and spray foam.
  • Plant evergreens close to your home and consider planting a windbreak on your property. A windbreak can save up to 30% in energy costs.
  • Your attached garage can add to the difficulty in heating your home. It is a large, unheated space that usually shares a wall with either the kitchen or the den. Either way, keeping it warm helps keep the whole house warm. Consider installing a solar garage heater.
  • Install a permanent furnace filter to save waste and to keep your air clean.
  • Wrap the windows in plastic to keep out those arctic blasts.
  • You can also use bubble wrap to cover your windows. The air in the bubbles helps to insulate even more.
  • Sew a draft stopper.
  • Install weather stripping.
  • Use non-vinyl blackout curtains to trap the heat in and keep the cold out.
  • Add a door sweep to each exterior door.
  • Purchase straw bales to place around the foundation of your home. This will block cold air and help keep the floors warmer, especially if you have pier and beam.
  • Have your furnace serviced to make sure that it is running properly and safely.
  • Check the duct-work where it is exposed.
  • While you are checking the duct-work consider insulating it as well. This helps keep the heated air warm as it moves through unheated spaces under the house or in the attic.
  • Reverse the direction on your ceiling fans. This will push the hot air down and help it re-circulate throughout the house.
  • Install foam insulation gaskets around your electrical outlets and keep the outlets covered when not in use.
  • Installing storm doors and windows can save you up to 45% on your energy bill.
  • Move furniture off your vents.
  • Cover your water heater with an insulating blanketĀ (use caution when wrapping your water heater not to expose the blanket to excessive heat or open flame)
  • If you have an old fashioned radiator use a fan to help spread the warm air and a put a reflector behind it.
  • Shut the door on rooms you don't use, if there are any.
  • Improve the air quality of your home. Sealing your thermal envelope too tightly can be dangerous if you don't look out for your air quality. Get a heat recovery ventilator if you seal your house up tight.
  • Open the curtains on the south/west side of the house during the day to get the most of the sun's warmth. Close up at night to keep out the cold.