November 24, 2021

Sometimes, it’s hard to say whether winter is harder on your house or your bank account. But, don’t dread the cold just yet. Truth is, there are many ways to winterize your house without great expense and while maintaining an environmentally friendly lifestyle. Man cleaning snow near the house

Here are a few of our favorite, easy, and often affordable ways to winterize your home. Don’t worry, it’s not too late! You can do these things during the winter or well in advance.

1) Insulate. Good insulation is key to keeping your house toasty. Insulate your home with cellulose or cotton-based insulation product. Do your homework first — insulation is rated by how well it resists the flow of heat. This is its R-value, from 1 (not very good at insulating) to 60 (the best insulators). Naturally, you’re going to pay more for a better R-value, so it’s important to balance initial cost, cost savings over time, and environmental impact.

2) Check your windows for drafts. If your windows are older or single pane, you may be losing a significant amount of energy. As with any home improvement, costs vary widely depending on the solution. If you’re looking for a long-term solution, it may be worth replacing old windows with new, efficient ones. You can also winterize windows with cheaper, temporary fixes like plastic or bubble wrap over the windows to create a barrier for the draft. You can also install a draft sweep under windows and doors to keep drafts out. Look for insulated or heavy curtains, as well.

3) Look at landscaping. It will take some time for this winterizing tip to be effective, but it will pay off in time and be great for the environment. Planting a row of evergreen trees near your home can be a great way to block wind, create shade and insulate your home. The Arbor Day Foundation provides some great resources on planting a windbreak.

4) Keep your furnace properly maintained. Keeping your furnace in tip-top shape can save lots of energy. Have it checked once and year. This should include filter changes, as well. You may also want to look at a programmable thermostat. This can help you save money and energy. Mark a few key hours during the day for warmer heat (like 6-9 am in the morning at 5-7 pm at night) and then set the thermostat lower during the rest of the day. Your house will hold the heat the rest of the cooler hours, keeping you warmer longer.

5) Second-hand heat. There are lots of other small, simple things you can do to save energy and stay green. Open the oven after you’ve used it to let residual heat into your home. You can also do things to warm up your body temperature without changing the thermostat. Drink hot tea and enjoy soups and stews. Do an intense workout to get heated. These small things will help you stay warm as the temperatures drop.

Try all a few of these tips. They’ll help you save in the bank and help the environment. Winter doesn’t have to strain your finances or hurt the planet. Whatever your budget allows, find a few ways to save energy and resources during the cold season.

Want a bonus tip? Now is the perfect time to start thinking about your irrigation solutions for next spring and summer. Considering a smart irrigation solution? Get in touch with us today to see how we can save you time and money.

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