6 Steps to Save Money and Stay Warm
November and December were so mild it let some of us to think winter might never come! A weekend full of snow and subzero temperatures is a good reminder it’s not too late to winterize your home.
Setting the house thermostat to 50º and freezing all winter is not the only way to save on your heating bill. Here are 6 easy and inexpensive ways Town Hardware & General Store can help winterize your home.
Six Ways to Winterize Your Home
- Change Furnace Filters
- While changing filters is not at the top of most people’s ‘To Do List’, it’s important to replace or clean furnace filters once a month during the heating season. Dirty filters restrict furnace airflow and increase energy demand. Cost: $5-$15+
- Run Fans in Reverse
- Most people think fans only produce cool air, but many ceiling units come with a handy switch that reverses the direction of the blades. Traditional counterclockwise rotation produces cooling breezes, while switching to a clockwise rotation pushes warm air pooled near the ceiling back into the living space — cutting your heating costs as much as 15%. Cost: FREE
- Dodge the Drafts
- According to the U.S. Department of Energy, drafty doors can contribute 5% – 30% of your energy loss. Our simple fix: the tried and true draft stop. Draft stops can either be purchased or DIY’d at home; just place a rolled bath towel under a drafty door and presto! Cost: FREE or $8-$10+
- Put up Some Plastic
- A plastic window insulation kit is particularly handy for older homes, as many are not equipped with energy efficient windows. But won’t plastic on the windows look strange? Don’t worry, properly installed window plastic is essentially invisible. This sheet of plastic acts as a buffer against drafts, and extra ‘still air space’ can give a nice boost to your home’s ability to hold heat. Cost: $3-$10+
- Turn Down Your Water Heater
- While many conventional water heaters are set to 140ºF by installers, most households don’t need that much steam, and end up paying for it—in dollars and the occasional scalding burn. Lowering the temperature to 120ºF (or lower) would reduce your water heating costs by 6%-10%. Cost: FREE
- Insulate Your Pipes
- Don’t lose energy from your pipes. Check to see if the pipes are warm to the touch. If so, they are a great candidate for insulation (Same method can be applied to your hot water heater). We have both pre-slit pipe insulation and pipe heating cables. Order through Do it Best and ship for free to our store. A free DIY approach is to use pool noodles! Cost: $3-$10+
*BONUS Break out the ‘Good ol Games’
Now it’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy your newly winterized home. And what better way to spend cozy, indoor time than with classic family favorite games and toys! Town Hardware & General store is proud to supply a wide variety of vintage, retro, and modern toys for all ages that make being inside with a cup of hot cocoa, even more fun.
Town Hardware & General Store can help keep you warm this winter. We have these and many more home improvement ideas, everything from thick socks to keep your toes warm, to delicious soup recipes that warm you from the inside. Remember you can not only come in to the store, but as a Do it Best hardware store you can shop for over 60,000 items online at www.doitbest.com and have it shipped to us for free!
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