How To Save Money and Energy Costs by Winterizing Your Home
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How To Save Money and Energy Costs by Winterizing Your Home

Homeowners can save money and energy in the winter by making a few minor adjustments in their homes. Determine where the house is leaking to prevent good air, and warm and cold air from escaping.

By making a few key improvements and behavior changes, you can comfortably save money and energy costs this winter.

During the cooler months many Americans struggle to keep their homes warm and cozy while keeping energy costs down. Fortunately, you don't have to sacrifice comfort to save money this winter. You will be surprised how much energy, and ultimately money, you can save by making minor adjustments in your home.

It’s really a matter of determining where the house is leaking to prevent good air, warm and cold, from escaping.

Insulation is key: Windows are the primary source of heat loss in houses.  While newer windows are better insulated than older ones, steps can be taken to improve all windows from losing heat. Whether new or old, start by caulking around windows, door frames and other trim, and use weather-stripping to seal drafty doors.

Expanding foam sealants in spray form, which are inexpensive can be found at most home repair stores, can also be used to seal and insulate wall cavities, gaps along the top of  foundation walls in attics and spaces with obvious holes around pipes. Insulating these spaces will keep heat from escaping during the winter months and cold air inside during the summer.

  • Consider using an architect or mechanical engineer to check for pockets of energy inefficiency. An infrared photography test will check for hot and cool energy loss zones, and blower test will help determine a home's airtightness.
  • If you're in the market for new appliances, be a smart shopper. Energy Star models use less energy when in sleep mode than traditional appliances.
  • Use power strips to aggregate rechargeable transformers to conserve energy. Even when not in use, anything plugged into a wall draws a lot of power. So switch power strips to "off" to shut off a number of electronics at the same time.
  • Fix all leaky faucets. Even slight leaks increase energy consumption and can cause drain on water supplies, and your bank account.
  • Make sure the damper of your fireplace is closed when not in use. Leaving it open is just like leaving a window open in cold weather.
  • Strategic landscaping: money may not grow on trees, but trees can help you save on energy bills. Trees and bushes do an excellent job of blocking cold winter winds. The difference between having trees and not having trees is truly significant.

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Excellent tips, +1ed. : )

Great information in a well written format.