Get Your Home Ready for Winter and Energy Bills Down!
Get Your Home Ready for Winter
Daylight Savings Time came to an end this past Sunday - and as the clocks were set back an hour, we now
have less sun throughout the day, and colder weather is on the horizon. Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) president and CEO Julie Rochman warns against cold weather-related property damage, citing that proper care and maintenance is critical in getting your home ready for winter.
To get your home ready for winter, the following checklist will not only keep your home safe from property damage, but will also keep your home comfortable while keeping energy bills down.
Getting Your Home Ready for Winter
- Check around windows and doors for leaks and drafts, applying weather-stripping and caulk to any holes you find that allow heat to escape.
- Check your attic, basement, and crawl space insulation. In an older home, proper insulation can be the most cost-efficient way to cut home heating costs.
- Get a routine maintenance and inspection of your heating system every fall before turning it on, to make sure it's in good working order. Replace your heater's air filter as recommended by the manufacturer - your heating system will work less hard, use less energy, and last longer as a result.
- Change your lightbulbs to ENERGY STAR lightbulbs. Lighting our homes represents up to 20% of our home electricity bills, and if every household changed to ENERGY STAR lightbulbs, together we'd save enough energy to light 7 million homes.
More info? For information on what to do in the event of water damage, read our post: Did Your House Flood?