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Did you know that insulated and weatherized homes typically see a 20% reduction in their energy bills? Below are a few budget-optimizing tips that can help keep your home warm and even reduce the amount of energy used, thus saving you money.
The first suggestion we have is to invest in some Window Insulation Film. This is a plastic semi-transparent sheet that can be placed on your windows to prevent heat from leaking out. These can keep up to 70% of heat from escaping through your windows and can be found on Amazon or your local hardware store for anywhere between $15-25.
If you want to go one step further, you can also pick up some Weather Strip Tape ($10-15) which is used to prevent cold drafts from entering the cracks in your windows. This strip tape is also known to prevent bugs, dust, and smog from entering through these small cracks keeping your home cleaner and more energy-efficient.
One last step you could take is to caulk around the windows. You can find a caulk gun for around $10 and get some caulk (between $5-10) to finish this low-cost project. Caulking not only prevents extra draftiness but keeps bugs out. There are different types of caulk, so it’s best to do your research before you commit to this project, but here is some basic information! Acrylic caulk can last up to 15 years and works better in more dry environments whereas Vinyl caulk can be used in more damp areas, but only lasts about 5 years.
Clean Your Gutters
Did you know that cleaning your gutters from leaves, pine needles, and other build-ups can help prevent icicles and ice dams from forming later? Cleaning your gutters can also prevent pests and critters from making a home, and even extends the lifespan of your roof!
Buy Draft Guards
For a quick and inexpensive way to keep your home cozy over the winter, purchase draft guards to keep the warm air in your home instead of escaping into other areas of your home, or even outside. These can be found online ranging from $8-20, or at your local hardware store.
As always, we encourage you to do your own research to find out what works best for your home. The age of your home, location of where you live, types of winters you endure, and so on are many factors that pertain to the different methods you could be used to winterize your home on a budget.
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