With just a few easy steps you can get your home ready for winter and save on your heating bill.
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After a mild start to fall, Oklahoma is starting to see cooler temperatures. This means it’s time to think about ways to winterize your home. We want to keep the energy we use to heat our homes in our homes and reduce the overall amount needed.
Winterizing you home can help you save money on your heating bill and stay warmer this winter. It’s important to do this each year to keep your home in good shape for the winter.
8 Steps to Winterizing Your Home
- Stop the draft. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates drafts can waste 5% to 30% of your energy use. You can use a rolled up old bath towel, buy draft stoppers, or make your own out of scrap fabric.
- Hang heavy curtains or shades to help insulate windows and keep heat in.
- Change your furnace filter. A dirty filter restricts air flow and increases energy use.
- Also be sure to have your heating system serviced, so you know it’s running as efficiently as possible and is safe.
- Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning to help prevent heat loss.
- Turn your ceiling fans around. Having your ceiling fans move in a clockwise direction helps push hot air from the ceiling towards the floor.
- Insulate your water heater with an insulating blanket. This is especially important if your hot water heater is in your garage. Check out this video for more information.
- Get out the sweaters and blankets. The cheapest way to save money this winter is to use less heat by dressing warmly. Keep nice warm blankets around the home and be sure family members have comfortable warm clothing to wear at home.
Bonus Tip- Cook up some of this yummy field peas with ham soup, it’s sure to keep you warm!