The cooler months are ahead of us. This is the time of year where we pull out our favorite sweaters, turn on a football game, kick back with a bowl of stew or sit on the porch sipping a hot pumpkin spice latte. Even tonight as I write this article, I turned up the thermostat to warm up the the house to offset the cool crisp Autumn air.
Each year, homeowners see the results of keeping the thermostat running constantly at higher temperatures. Many families simply cannot afford the rising costs of fuel and electricity. They need useful strategies to reduce those bills. You can save hundreds each month by weatherproofing your home. With a few quick fixes, you can have a home that is ready for those cooler months to come without breaking the bank.
Here are a few quick tips you can use to weatherize you home:
- Caulk your interior and exterior window edges.
- Install foam insulation gaskets behind the wall outlets and switch covers.
- Add or replace weather stripping around your doors and windows.
- Install door sweep to prevent under door drafts.
- Prevent air from entering or exiting through wood fireplaces by utilizing tight fitting glass doors.
- Hang heavy curtains to hold back cold air.
- Add insulation in places like the attic and other areas as appropriate for your home.
There are many other areas that can be improved in your home. If you are unsure what you home might need, consider a home energy audit. This audit will specify areas of high energy consumption, so you can identify where you are having the most losses in heat. If you are eager to get started, check out this handy Do-it-Yourself checklist!
National Weatherization Day is Saturday October 29th. Weatherize Roanoke is hosting an event from 10am until 1pm at Downtown Roanoke’s Wells Fargo Plaza. Come on out with your families, friends, and neighbors to get more ideas on how you can weatherproof your home, cool demonstrations, and win prizes. To learn more about Weatherize Roanoke, visit http://www.weatherizeroanoke.org.