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DIY Winter Weatherization

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It’s hard to believe, but summer is over.  We are well into fall, with winter on its heels.  There are countless ways to save money in the winter through weatherization, such as replacing (or paying someone to replace) your old, drafty windows with double-paned windows, or replacing your heating furnace with something more energy-efficient.  Of course, these kinds of fixes require costly up-front investments.

Many states offer free or low-cost home energy audits, where a professional will come to your home to assess how your home is leaking energy.  Considering this option can also save you money in the long run or help you plan for future investments, but there are plenty of things that you can do in the meantime to winterize your home.  All of these fixes will help save you money by keeping the heat in.

One of the ways that your home leaks heat in the winter is through electrical outlets!  The boxes containing your electrical wires are often sparsely insulated or not insulated at all.  The outlets leak cold air into your home. You can remedy this problem with a screwdriver and some insulating foam gaskets.  It is only necessary to insulate outlets on exterior walls.  Use a screwdriver to remove the face plate of the outlet, insert the foam gasket, and replace the face plate.  That’s it!  There are numerous styles to choose from, depending on if you are weatherizing a light switch, dimmer switch or outlet.  Plus, they only cost a dollar or so per gasket, so there is a minimal cost for this project.

Second, check the weather stripping around the exterior doors and windows in your home.  If it has become cracked, hard or brittle, it is time to replace!  Simply pull out the old weatherstripping, noting how it is installed, and replace the strips, which can be found at any hardware or home improvement store.  Weatherstripping doors costs a nominal amount of money and the only tools you need is a pair of shears to cut it to length!  It is easiest to start by cutting the top to length, inserting it, and then work your way down both sides from top to bottom.

I’ve tried these tips in my home and they have made relaxing on the couch watching movies much more cozy without a stream of frigid air coming into the living room!  Stay warm!

Holly Klump is Extras For Me’s gardening, DIY and Thrifty Living blogger. Read Holly’s bio »

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