12 Tips for Winterizing Your Home

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March 20, 2024

12 Amazing Tips for Winterizing Your Home


As the winter solstice approaches, marking the shortest and darkest day, it's time to prepare your home for the cold season. Turning up the thermostat or heating system can lead to higher energy bills, but with these 12 amazing tips for winterizing your home, you can be productive, eco-friendly, save energy, and ultimately, money.

1. Upgrade Your Thermostat

The first step in winterizing your home is to upgrade your thermostat. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, installing a programmable thermostat can save you money and energy by automatically adjusting the temperature when you're away or on vacation.

2. Seal Your Windows

Heat often escapes through windows, especially wooden ones that expand and contract with temperature changes. To prevent heat loss, consider the following:

  • Replace old windows with energy-efficient ones
  • Use clear plastic, caulk, or bubble wrap to seal windows and patio doors
  • Uncover south-facing windows to benefit from the sun's heat

3. Utilize Nature's Protection

Planting evergreen trees near your house can shield it from wind, rain, and snowstorms. This natural solution helps keep your walls from getting cold quickly, reducing the strain on your heating system.

4. Optimize Your Chimney

If you have a fireplace, consider adding an insert to divert more heat inside. Hire an experienced installer to ensure proper installation and safety.

5. Use Draft Snakes

Draft snakes, popular during the Depression era, are making a comeback as an effective way to reduce energy waste. These can be placed underneath doors or at the bottom of windows to keep hot air in and drafts out. You can even make them yourself as a fun DIY project with your children.

6. Adjust Ceiling Fans

According to recent studies, switching your ceiling fan's rotation to clockwise can produce warm air and cut heating costs by up to 10%. However, be mindful of electricity consumption.

7. Improve Insulation

Insulation is crucial for maintaining a warm home. If your house lacks insulation or has old, worn insulation, it's time to upgrade. Add insulation to walls, attic floors, and basement ceilings to keep temperatures consistently toasty.

8. Optimize Your Plumbing

To prevent heat loss through your plumbing, consider the following:

  • Insulate water pipes around your water heater and set it to "warm" instead of "hot"
  • Insulate water pipes running through cold areas of the house
  • Insulate cold water pipes to prevent freezing
  • Replace caulking around your bathtub and shower

9. Perform a Home Checkup

Before the first snowfall, inspect your home for potential cold air entry points:

  • Check mortar between bricks for cracks
  • Inspect shingles for wear or damage
  • Seal cracks in the foundation
  • Check the garage for drafts affecting adjacent rooms
  • Seal off vacant rooms to avoid unnecessary heating

10. Utilize Your Kitchen Wisely

Prepare meals during the day and let the heat from your oven warm up the rooms. This can save hours of heating until the residual heat dissipates.

11. Dress for the Season

While it's tempting to crank up the thermostat and walk around in shorts and a t-shirt, it's not energy-efficient or healthy. Doctors recommend maintaining a moderate indoor temperature and wearing appropriate clothing, like socks, slippers, and sweaters.

12. Remove or Cover Your A/C Unit

Air conditioners can allow cold air to enter through small gaps. Remove your A/C unit from the window and seal any holes or cracks. Alternatively, cover the unit with a tarp if you prefer not to remove it. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, drafts can waste 5-30% of your energy each year.


By implementing these 12 winterizing tips, you can keep your house warmer this year without increasing your energy bills. Not only will you be doing yourself and your family a favor, but you'll also be helping the environment by reducing your energy consumption. Stay vigilant for signs that your house needs additional weatherization, and remember, the less energy you use, the greener you are.

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