Winter is almost here, and that means it’s time for heating bills to start rolling in. The good news is that there are some practical do-it-yourself projects you can do to reduce your heating bills by addressing two major areas of air leaks in your home: windows and doors. Here are four ideas to get you started:
Caulk your windows
A tube of caulk is just a few dollars, but it can pay big dividends by blocking air leaks and improving heating efficiency.
Add insulating drapes
Swap out lightweight drapes for insulated drapes. Insulated drapes will prevent cold air from seeping in and prevent warm from air going out.
Use window insulating kits
All you need is some patience, a step ladder and a blow dryer to seal out air leaks using an off-the-shelf window insulating kit.
Check the weather stripping around exterior doors.
Weather stripping is another inexpensive way to make sure your door is keeping as much cold air out as possible. If a door already has weather stripping, check to make sure it still fits properly and isn’t loose or bent. Attaching a door sweep to the bottom of exterior doors also helps prevent cold from sneaking in near the floor.
Following these 4 simple steps will keep your home warmer this winter and help reduce your home heating bill, too!