Depending on where you live — and this excludes the Eco Women’s readers down in the Southern Hemisphere — now that it’s fall, the weather has probably started cooling down a bit. Now is a good time to prepare your home for winter.
Here’s a list of projects — ranging from simple and cheap/free to more complex and expensive — you can do to winterize your eco lair:
- To keep cold air from coming in under your door, roll up a towel and place it across the bottoms of leaky doors.
- To help heat your house more efficiently, don’t forget to change the filter in your furnace.
- Heat rises, so run your ceiling fans in reverse. They’ll push the warm air down from the ceilings.
- On sunny days, open the curtains/blinds all the way to let the light in and heat your rooms.
- Install storm doors and windows to seal drafts and reduce air flow.
- Have your heating system tuned up so that it runs more efficiently.
- Keep an eye on your thermostat. While there’s no need to sit around shivering, there’s also no need to live in a balmy 78 degree house. Put on a sweater instead!
- Use caulk and weatherstripping to seal your windows and other gaps in the house.
- Add more insulation in your attic and exterior walls.
- Seal your exposed ducts, because 10-30% of your heat can escape through uninsulated ducts.
- Upgrade to a more efficient furnace. Choose one that is Energy Star rated.
Tell the Eco Women: What’s your favorite thing about fall?