3 ways to winterize your home this Christmas.
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The first tip is a simple one, but can save you a bunch of money on your electricity bill!
Do your bare feet ever feel a draft? That is money leaving your pockets! Look around your exterior doors. A lot of the times the door does not properly fit the door frame. This will leave cracks on the bottom or top of your door which is why your feet could be could! It is a very easy fix! All you have to do is put down a draft blocker. These are tubes of fabric filled with an insulated material.
Here is a link to a full set of directions on how to make one!
Tip number two is to prevent your pipes from freezing! Do you worry about your pipes freezing and bursting? Did you know you needed to worry about such a thing? You need to worry, "When temperatures drop below freezing, unprotected pipes can freeze from a combination of exposure, wind chill and the duration of subfreezing weather. In southern climates, where the risk of frozen pipes is highest, temperatures of 20° F or below present the greatest threat to pipes in unheated areas of the home." Southern regions are more likely to have pipes burst in the winter because homeowners are less likely to take proper precautions.
First you will want to find where your water shut off is, so you will know exactly where to go in case of an emergency. Outside you want to check your water hoses and faucets. Unscrew your hoses, drain them and store them inside if possible. Then for your faucet you will need to cover the exposed opening with an insulated foam cover for the winter. Moving to the inside of your home, at night open kitchen or bathroom cabinets to expose your pipes to more heat. If you leave when temperatures are suppose to drop below freezing leave your thermostat on to keep the house at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Your personal home may have other aspects you need to check; such as, a garage washing machine, swimming pool, irrigation system, etc. (M. Marc). With these steps you are less likely to have to deal with water where it isn't suppose to be!
Number three: Did you know curtains can help keep your home cool in the summer, but also warmer in the winter? Thick winter curtains can help prevent air leaking out through cracks in your windows and lower your heating bill! This especially helps windows that do not get direct sunlight and it is advised to keep the curtains drawn on those windows.
M, Marc. “Frozen Pipes: Prevention and Repair.” Lowe's Home Improvement, Lowe's , 5 Oct. 2020, www.lowes.com/n/how-to/frozen-pipes-prevention-and-repair.