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4 Tips to Keep Your Home Warm this Winter

 
The Home Depot has shared these tips for keeping your home warm this winter while saving money.

1. Regularly maintain your furnace and water heater. Regular maintenance on your furnace and water heater will increase energy efficiency in your home. By combining proper equipment maintenance and upgrades with appropriate insulation, air sealing, and thermostat settings, you can cut your energy use for heating and cooling, and reduce environmental emissions, from 20 percent to 50 percent. Regular maintenance will help make these investments in your home last longer and be more energy efficient. Here's a step-by-step video on how to Replace a Filter for a Forced Air Heating System.

2. Install a programmable thermostat. You can save up to $180 a year by installing a programmable thermostat that controls the temperature of your home while you're at work or asleep.

3. Seal your home from heat and cold. Allowing air to escape through gaps and cracks is like throwing your money away. By sealing your home like caulk, sealant and weather-stripping, you can save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs. To see how to weatherstrip, click here.

4. Install insulation. According to the Department of Energy, the leading cause of energy waste in the home is inadequate insulation and air leakage. Homeowners typically can reduce heating and cooling costs by up to 20 percent by sealing their homes and adding insulation in attics, floors over crawl spaces and accessible basement rim joists.



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Warm Home in Winter

11/07/2008 01:48 PM 697295a

And I was just thinking that to save energy on heating, is to bundle up a bit more, before you turn on the heat. If I am a little chilly, I usually put on sweatpants or a sweatshirt first, then if I am still cold, I will turn up the heat.

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Keep your home warmer this winter

11/12/2008 01:13 PM wellblt

Don't forget about your roof! There are innovative new roofing systems that not only improve your insulation against loss of heat, but that are metal {aluminum} and fire resistant. This benefits your home, both in keeping heat in and fire out! Bonus!

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