WINTERTIZE YOUR HOME TO SAVE ON HEATING BILLS
Don’t wait until Old Man Winter comes knocking at your door to get your home ready for the cold season. Start preparing your house using these helpful home hacks to stay warm, snug and saving money all season long.
You can stay comfortable when it’s cold outside and save lots of money by reviewing the areas and items in your house that affect its temperature. Use these tips and tricks to reduce drafts and keep warm air inside all winter long.
- Get your heating unit a professional tune-up before it gets cold.
- Run your heater early to make sure it works.
- Consider a space heater for cold drafty rooms.
- Check window and door seals.
- Use store-bought plastic-wrap kits to seal drafty windows.
- Check your attic insulation.
- Reverse ceiling fans (to clockwise) to push warm air down into rooms.
- Inspect and clean fireplaces.
- Insulate wall sockets, which let cold air in (use inexpensive foam kits).
- Purchase a programmable thermostat.
- Wash windows to let more sun/heat in.
- Add heavy drapes to keep cold air out.
- Buy a humidifier to avoid dry skin.
- Stock up on lotions, moisturizers and lip balm.
- Lay out your winter wardrobe to see what’s become musty or moth-eaten.
- Make sure scarves, gloves and hats are easily accessible for when people are running late. Mittens are warmer choices than gloves. Include sleeve clips on children’s mittens and gloves so kids don’t lose them.
- Invest in at least one pair of long Johns per person.
- Think “layering” for maximum warmth. Start with a T-shirt, add a collar shirt, then a vest or sweatshirt, then a jacket. This will trap body heat, keeping you warm.
- Assess your footwear options for waterproof, nonslip shoes and boots.
- Clean and prep blankets and comforters, and have blankets ready for use on the couch when watching TV.
- Add warmups, sweats, leg warmers and other items to your workout wardrobe to eliminate an excuse for not exercising on cold days.
- Clean, sew, darn and prep your summer clothing and gear for storage.
- Start cleaning and packing swimsuits and other summer gear you’ve already stopped using.
- Take advantage of fall and winter sales to buy summer clothing.
KITCHEN AND COOKING IDEAS
Do you cook differently in the winter than you do in the summer? With fewer outdoor activities, you’ll have more time to spend making roasts, stews, soups, cakes, pies and other goodies. Think about how you’ll be cooking differently during the winter and stock up on the appliances, gadgets and ingredients you’ll need.
- Write a list of favorite winter dishes and buy the seasonings, utensils, appliances and cookware you’ll need
- Clean and inspect your crockpot, roaster or rotisserie oven.
- Stock up on soups and hot chocolate when they’re on sale.
- Clean your indoor grill (if you have one) and test the vents.
- If winter means less sunlight in your area, add more vitamin D to your diet.
- Find out your area’s seasonal winter vegetables and learn how to prepare and serve them.
- Buy a fire extinguisher or check/re-charge yours if you already own one.
- Change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
This article was written by Sam Ashe-Edmunds, contributor for The Daily Clutch.