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3 Must-Dos to Keep Your Home Energy Efficient
By: Thomas Boni
Fall is in full swing, and winter is on its way, so if you haven’t buttoned up your home for cooler temperatures, it’s not too late.
Here are Danny’s must-dos to keep your home running smoothly — and save a little money in the process.
1. Protect Your Home’s Interior From Harsh Weather
•Seal the envelope of the home — pay attention to any area where cold air can creep in. To do this, inspect weather-stripping and replace it as needed, and add a door sweep to prevent drafts.
•Install electrical socket sealers under your outlets’ cover plates to improve energy efficiency.
•Use insulating kits for old, dated windows. Just apply the plastic window film, tape it to the window’s edges and blow-dry it to shrink-wrap the film.
2. Don’t Overlook the Attic
•40% of a home’s energy loss takes place through the attic. The easiest way to boost energy efficiency is to install an attic stair cover. They’re inexpensive and DIY-friendly.
•Adding more insulation to your home is also a good idea, and it is one of the top projects if you want a return on investment. It will keep your home more comfortable and help you save on your energy bill immediately and over time
•It will help prevent ice dams on your roof — which can cause serious and expensive roof damage
3. Call professionals as needed
•Fireplace and chimney inspections are not DIY jobs. It’s best to call a professional for help.
•The same is true for inspecting and servicing your heating system. Here’s how to deal with the pros for that.
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