Was that our Indian summer? Yeah, that’s definitely come and gone! And now the beautiful fall foliage is leaving us, too, and it’s time to prepare for winter, which is just around the corner. Get your home ready for some serious chill before the first snow falls using the eco-friendly tips and ideas we’ve pulled together for you, here:
- Knock Out The Drafts: If cold air is creeping in from underneath your doors, you could be wasting five to 30 percent of your home’s energy. Keep the frigid temperatures out and the warm air in by placing a rolled up towel in the space between the door and the floor, or DIY your own draft snake.
- Replace Your Air Filters: This is something you should be doing to keep your thermostat working well throughout the year, but it’s extra important during the winter months when you’ll be heating your home 24/7. Filthy air filters can restrict airflow, making your units work harder and less effective.
- Winterize Water Lines: Is your air conditioner taking in H2O? Drain any hoses and AC pipes, empty any water that’s pooled in the systems and shut off the AC water valve – you won’t need that for a while. If you’ve been using a window unit all summer, bring it inside to store during the cold months, otherwise you’ll be inviting in drafty air through your windows.
- Do the Ceiling Fan Switch: No, it’s not the latest dance craze, but it’s probably the easiest thing to do on this list to make your home more energy efficient this winter. Run your ceiling fans in a clockwise direction, which will pull the warm, heated air from the ceiling and recirculate it through your home, cutting your heating costs by about 10 percent. Simple and efficient!!
- Add Eco-Friendly Insulation: Climb up into your attic and increase the amount of insulation you maintain during warmer months. This works to maintain the heat inside the house and helps to keep it toasty warm. From wool, to cork to even old jeans, insulation can be produced from a number of recycled or green materials and will make your home more energy efficient this winter.