As fall gives way to winter and winds begin to blow harder and colder through the cracks in my home, my productivity tends to plummet, along with my mood. But you can find several ways to keep the coziness of your home intact while cutting energy consumption, even during the coldest, snowiest months — and for me, feeling cozier means feeling more content and energetic.
When cold weather comes, follow these tips to lower your energy bills and keep your home feeling toasty:
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Air leaks cost us dearly. According to the Energy Star program, most people could save about 20 percent on their heating and cooling costs by sealing up air leaks. These easy and inexpensive methods for closing up those leaks will help you save a bundle on your heating bills.
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Energy-saving improvements can be as simple as cleaning and servicing your existing heating system, or as adding a bit of insulation to basements and crawl spaces. These five tips will help you get your home ready for winter, and will help ensure that you don’t need to sit all bundled up in your own home in order to stay comfortable when cold winter weather rolls around.
By answering a few questions, you can find out whether your home is ready for winter. Each question in this quiz will offer links to energy-saving tips and advice on how to keep cold weather at bay.
If these tips aren’t enough for you, here are just a few more tips on how to keep your energy consumption low and your home at a comfortable temperature during winter. Do you have special ways to keep warm when the ice and snow begin to blow in? Share your ideas with us in the comments section.
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