Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Old Man Winter is Coming

By Russell Butler

It’s that time of year again.  The air is crisp, leaves change colors, pumpkins are being sold in the grocery stores, and hot chocolate and stews seem more appealing.  All of this means that winter is on its way.  The question is; is your house ready for winter?

When winter comes, utility bills tend to increase. All of those extra therms and kilowatts add up. There are, however, things you can do to help the warm stay in and the cold out.  Your utility experts are here to share helpful tips with you so that your utility bill doesn't increase too much.

A sales associate at Lowe's Home Improvement walked me through the store showing me what one should do to properly insulate a house.

The first areas to focus on are doors and windows.  Windows and doors let in a significant amount of cold air due to the fact that they are openings of the house.  The solution for this is weather stripping. Placing weather stripping on the frames will dramatically reduce the heat that escapes.

The next place to look for drafts is in your base boards.  Caulking under your baseboards is a quick and simple way to fix this.

The outside of your house needs protection too.  Outside light switch sealers are great solutions for heat escaping from all of your outside light switches.  Also make sure to protect pipes that are exposed to the elements.  Outdoor faucet protectors and pipe insulation will protect your pipes from bursting due to freezing.  Lastly, protect your roof.  An automatic roof de-icing cable is a special cable that you line the edges of your roof with that plugs in to an outdoor outlet.  This cable melts the snow and ice that builds up on your roof’s edges.  This will prevent ice and snow from piling up and pulling off your shingles.

We hope you keep these tips in mind as you get your home ready for the cold winter that lies ahead.

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