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10 Winter Weatherization Tips

10 Winter Weatherization Tips

The seasons are changing and as we migrate indoors for the winter, the thermostat temps go up, and therefore, so do our expenses. We know it’s tricky staying comfortable in the winter, so with that in mind, we’ve provided some simple, no-cost and low-cost tips for staying cozy as Jack Frost nips at your nose. Save energy, save money, and stay comfortable, my friends.

1. Don That Sweater

  • Gone are the days where we can afford to lounge around in our underwear while it’s -20 degrees outside. The #1 cost effective solution to staying warm this winter: put on some clothes!

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2. Put Your Windows to Work

  • For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, opening curtains or blinds on south-facing windows allows sunlight to naturally heat our homes. According to GreenPassiveSolar.com, low winter sun shines through windows, which provides the most heat energy to be absorbed and distributed into the building’s thermal mass. Just be sure to close those shades at night!

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3. Storm Windows and Doors Do Count

  • Installing storm windows and doors is one solution that keeps the heat in and the chilly cold out. According to the EPA, that extra pane of glass will double your current window’s insulating value, providing more savings than replacing them with new dual-panes! Storm doors also offer great flexibility for letting light and ventilation into your home.

  • Cracks and crannies in your windows? There are many ways you can avoid their chills. Visit your local home improvement store for window insulation and weatherization kits to apply directly to windows.

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4. Incorporate Space Heaters

  • If your home doesn’t have a central furnace, a space heater may be your best bet for keeping warm. If you do have one, space heaters can still help to reduce costs as long as they are used effectively, according to the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and the Department of Energy. Also, don’t underestimate the power of an electric blanket!

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5. Stop the Leaks

  • Having cold feet isn’t just a part of embracing winter, it could be a sign that your home is suffering from uncontrolled air leakage. If you feel drafts down low - or from anywhere in your home - try to weather strip, caulk, or seal the cracks. Here is a helpful diagram of problem areas, along with some great items for a home weatherization kit.

  • If you’re looking for a more comprehensive view, schedule an energy assessment to find out what’s happening in your home and where you can save the most.

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6. Seal Those Ducts

  • Did you know that duct leakage can account for almost 25% of your home’s energy loss? As we delve deeper into your home’s infrastructure, considering having Eco Achievers improve your duct system. Not only can we help you save money throughout the year, but you’ll also breathe easier knowing that you’re better protected against mold and dust. Check out these local rebate options to aid with your project:

    1. Peoples Gas Rebates

    2. Nicor Gas Rebates

    3. Ameren Illinois Rebates

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7. Adjust Your Water Heater Temperature

  • Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120 degrees). Not only will you save on your water bill, but you’ll also avoid burning your hands and/or feet under the faucet.

  • If you’re already starting to reconsider that traditional water heater, you might be ready for a tankless water heater or solar thermal system - both of which have incentives available.

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8. Show Your HVAC System Some Love

  • We know it may not be first on your list, but properly maintaining your HVAC system is especially important during the wintertime. Replacing furnace filters each month will help ensure healthy performance during the heating season. Quick tip: add a calendar reminder to keep you on track.

  • If your HVAC system isn’t able to take you through the season, high efficiency options are available. Be sure to take advantage of the federal, state, and local incentive programs for efficiency upgrades and retrofits.

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9. Insulate Your Pipes

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10. Choose the Right Professional

  • With the abundance of information and services out there, it can be confusing deciding the who, what, where, and how of making your home more comfortable. Eco Achievers is here to help. We’ll walk you through your home’s performance, explain which improvements can benefit you the most, and show you how you can stay warm and toasty this winter, no matter the temperature is outside. Have immediate questions? Contact us today. If not, we’re here when you’re ready. We look forward to hearing from you.

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