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Nov132013

DIY Winter Home Repairs

Published by Admin at 3:14 PM under Blog

Winter is rolling in quickly, and with winter comes hefty heat bills and chilly homes.  You have most likely already begun to feel the icy air creeping through your windows and you may have already kicked on the heat. During winter months, gas and electric companies raise their prices for energy use, so you can expect to receive some pretty large bills if you go overboard cranking up the heat. Of course, no one wants to shiver while sitting on the couch, so what can you do to stay warm without tossing bundles of money into the furnace?

 

There are many home projects, large and small, that can increase your home's energy efficiency during the winter months. In this article we'll outline some simple Do-it-yourself winter home repairs that will have you feeling cozier right away. If your home is in need of a little more than some DIY love, we can help you with that as well.

 

Before we dive into the DIY tips, take a look at this video so you can learn how to do a quick Home Performance Check and assess your home's needs:

 

 

Now let's try some quick fixes that will make a big difference on your heating bills.

 

1.  Get a window insulation kit -  These bare bones kits are widely available at hardware stores and they are a very good value. The kits include plastic and sealing tape so you can cover your windows with plastic, keeping the cold air out and the warm air in. These disposable treatments are a great way to hold your home over until you can afford to replace those drafty windows.

 

2. Buy a caulk gun - Caulk guns are an inexpensive tool that you should definitely buy if you don't have one already. Spend a few hours canvassing your home to seal up cracks, gaps, and voids around the house. The best place to start is in your basement. If you see daylight peeking through into your home, seal it up with caulk and block cold air.

 

3. Invest in a programmable thermostat - Does your home really need to be at 67 degrees 24/7? I doubt it. Chances are, there are times when no one is home, or everyone is bundled up in bed, so why are you wasting money on blasting the heat? Programmable Thermostats allow you to set a schedule so that the temperature automatically adjusts throughout the day. The very popular Nest Thermostat will only cost you around $250 and it can be controlled through your smart phone. That means you can use your phone on your way home from work to tell your heater to get your house nice and toasty just in time for your arrival. That is a seriously convenient and budget-friendly piece of equipment! Installing a programmable thermostat can save you between 10%-15% on your heating/cooling costs.

 

If you are looking to boost that 10%-15% savings to 25%-30% total energy savings, it's time to consider updating your home's insulation. Insulation is a sound investment that will immediately improve the comfort level in your home and pay itself off quickly through energy bill savings. Take a look at our Price Quote Calculator and get a price quote within minutes and without any obligation or sales pitch.

 

 

 

 


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