4 SIMPLE WINTERIZATION PROJECTS HELP KEEP YOUR HOME WARM AND MONEY IN THE BANK
Extreme temperatures are not only uncomfortable, they’re hard on the wallet as homes work overtime to keep the heat in and the elements out. In today’s challenging economic climate, homeowners are looking for ways to cut home operating costs and keep more money in the bank.
As the temperatures drop and the days become shorter this winter, there are several steps consumers can take to protect their homes from the cold, improve home efficiency and save money. The Home Depot® offers more than 4,500 Eco Options products, many of which homeowners can use to stay warm and reduce energy bills this winter. It’s simple to begin saving money and energy with these 4 tips.
- Programmable thermostats like the Honeywell 5-2 Day Programmable Thermostat with Backlight make it easy to save money and energy by keeping homes warm while people are at home, and giving the heater a break when no one is at home. A programmable thermostat can be installed in less than 30 minutes and can reduce energy consumption by as much as 33 percent when used correctly.
According to the EarthWorks Group, the average American home has leaks that amount to a nine-square-foot hole in the wall. Sealing gaps and cracks around your windows, doors, ceilings and floors is an inexpensive way to keep cold drafts out and reduce heat loss. To fill large gaps, use a product such as Great Stuff® Insulating Foam, and for smaller cracks, use a caulk or sealant such as DAP 3.0 Window, Door, Trim and Siding Sealant.
Air filters should be replaced every one to three months to prolong furnace life, keep energy consumption low, maintain air quality and ensure proper climate control. The Filtrete 16 in. x 25 in. x 1 in. Micro Allergen Reduction FPR 7 Air Filter will help to improve efficiency and capture large airborne allergens and microscopic airborne particles including pollen, smoke and pet dander to help keep the air in your home healthy and clean.
With the winter months ahead and shorter daylight hours means more lights being turned on in our homes – Did you know that CFLs use 75% less energy than a standard incandescent bulb-saving homeowners up to $220 in energy costs over the life of the bulb. They last over 10 times longer than our traditional light bulb.
Let The Home Depot Show You How to Get Started with Home Weatherization:
Each Saturday this October, The Home Depot stores will offer workshops to show you how to complete many of these projects on your own. Learn more at www.homeimproverclub.com.