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Old 12-02-2008, 06:53 PM
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How do you winterize your home?

What are some things that you do to winterize your home? With energy cost so high what things do you do to save you money in your home for the winter months?


I change some of my curtains to heavy ones. But I do open them up during the day to leave the sun come in and warm up the rooms.
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We have a 2 story home, so heating can be expensive. I have put plastic on a few windows, and than we have put plastic over the living room archway to enclose the living room and kitchen so that most of the time we are only heating 2 rooms.


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Old 12-10-2008, 11:11 AM
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We caulked all around our windows.
We don't have any registers open upstairs. Enough heat goes up the stairway to heat the bedrooms.
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Do you have someone check over your furnace in the fall? We do. I think it is very necessary to make sure everything is running correctly.
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Old 11-06-2009, 09:53 AM
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We have our furnance serviced every other year.

Have plastic over the windows to help keep out the cold.

In the bedrooms I also put cardboard up to keep the morning sun out so we can sleep in on the weekends a little more. Which also helps insulate those rooms.

I make sure nothing is blocking the heat vents so all the heat goes into the rooms and wipe out the vent as far as my arm reaches to help keep that clean.

When it is really cold/hot out I limit the dogs going in and out so all the air doesn't get sucked outside 15 times a day just 5 LOL.

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Old 11-06-2009, 09:02 PM
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I put up "Eclipse" drapes in the bedroom this summer and they are supposed to keep the house cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. They did help in the summer, so hopefully will work in the winter too. They also keep the room dark and muffle some outdoor noise a little. I'm thinking of putting them up in the other rooms of the house too and see if they save on our heating bills. Our heater broke last year and we had it serviced twice but otherwise usually only do it every couple of years.
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We put replacement windows in many years ago which really helped out heating bills. I also put up heavy curtains in the fall/winter which we can close at night, lower the heat before we go to bed, make sure all doors and windows are closed properly etc. i also make sure my dryer door is shut because it can let in cool air because of the outside vent. We also have our furnace cleaned every year before heating season.
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