• Amanda Strome

Winterize Your Home

The first snow fall is said to be November 9, winter is sure to follow shortly after. Have you done everything you need in your home to prepare? There are many ways to save energy during winter months if you prepare correctly. Here are some tips to help you get ready.

Make sure you have the proper tools to get rid of the snow. Start up your snow blower to make sure that you are not in for any surprises when you have to use it. Get your shovels out, and make sure that you have salt ready for icy sidewalks.

Have an emergency kit in your car in case you get stuck in the snow. There are many items to add to your emergency kit in the winter months. Have a blanket in your car, kitty litter is also great to use if you ever need traction when you are stuck. A small shovel may come in handy just in case you find the need to dig out of the snow. Having water and snacks in your car is always a good idea, make sure that these are in your car this winter just in case.

Weather strip your windows and doors to protect against drafts. This helps preserve the heat in your home and save energy. Weather stripping kits are available at your local home improvement store. Another energy saving tip is to lower the heat when you leave, most thermostats can have a program so you can set it to lower when you leave for work, and at night when you fall asleep. Warm homes are always cozy, and lowering the temperature by a few degrees when you can helps you save money.

Be safe, if you have a fireplace make sure your chimney is clean. If it is dirty, have it professionally cleaned. Fireplaces are cozy, and warm however having an open fire in your home can be dangerous, make sure you do all of the necessary steps before you light it for the first time this season.

Winter is coming, and your home is going to be your cozy hideout from the winter cold. Be sure that your home is ready. Be prepared this winter.

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