Weatherization Tips of the Month for February

Winter

Check with a professional to see if a programmable thermostat is right for you.
These thermostats can be programmed to automatically control the heat when you are not home and overnight while you're sleeping.

Check to see if cold air is getting in to your house
If your house is drafty, you may need to seal air leaks and install additional insulation.  Get a certified energy auditor to assess your house and suggest improvements.

Install storm windows and doors
They pay for themselves by keeping cold air out and by preventing moisture from collecting on the windows.  Remember to take them down once summer begins.

Use drapes
Where windows face the sun, keep the drapes open during the day.  Close all the drapes at night.  This lets the sun heat your home during the day and reduces drafts at night.

Repair cracks in windows and caulk and weather strip leaky frames.
Even a small crack drives up fuel bills.  Got a loose window?  Install weather stripping.  It helps to keep cold air out of the house.  If your window frames have gaps, they are probably leaking cold air into your home.

Clean and close your fireplace
Call a professional chimney sweep to perform your annual fireplace inspection.  Remember to close your fireplace flue when it is not in use to keep drafts out.

Cover your waterbed
It may use as much electricity as your refrigerator.  To save more than 30% of that cost, make the bed and cover it with a comforter when it is not in use.

Find out if you qualify for the Weatherization Assistance Program or for tax credits for energy improvements!