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My how time flies! Holidays are over, kids are back in school and our New Year’s resolutions are almost a distant memory -must be January!! And, that means for lots of us it’s cold ‘n nasty and so our energy bills - Particularly if you’ve got leaks and are overlooking those nooks and crannies where heat and air conditioning can easily escape. Here are seven pocketbook ‘n manicure friendly ways to help you keep it toasty indoors without you and yours needing to wear your cold weather gear at the kitchen table. Bow wow!
- LET THE SUN SHINE IN: Seems like a no-brainer but the simplest way to warm up your home is to open all window shades, drapes and raise shutters. And, when it’s cloudy out keep them closed.
- PUT YOUR FANS ON THE CLOCK: Switch your ceiling fans to clockwise and turn them on low, which will push warm air back down from the ceiling.
- THROW IN THE TOWEL: Or rather down! To help stop drafts from the bottom of your doors throw down some towels. An easy to install rubber draft guard will also do the trick.
- SOCK IT TO THEM: Depending upon the width of your doors or windows, fill enough knee-high socks to match the width with dried rice (uncooked). Be sure to leave enough room unfilled at the top of the sock to tightly tie a knot. Then place them on the sill and/or bottom of your drafty door. This is a very easy project for your kiddies to do or at least help with and makes them feel like they’ve helped with some energy savings-a good life lesson! TIP: Use those single socks that have lost their mate in what I lovingly refer to as my dryer’s “Bermuda Triangle”!
- MARK, GET SET, PLUG: It’s easy to plug up cracks around your window and door frames that can cause heat to literally ‘fly out the door’ without breaking a nail or a sweat! Just take aim with a MANI-FRIENDLY CAULKING TOOL that you can buy at your local hardware store, Lowe’s or Home Depot. So on your mark get set plug! Be sure to hit not only obvious leaks, which may loom around your doors, windows, outlets, switch plates and cabinets but those that are less obvious like recessed lights, outlets, corner gaps and cracks.
- SEAL THE DEAL: Believe it or not 10-15% of our heat or air conditioning can escape through light switches and sockets. No problem: Simply take a ride to your local Ace ‘n install ELECTRIC SOCKET ‘N SWITCH SEALS. Trust moi, it’s even the least handy of we accidental housewives can do to derail those drafts and keep your energy bills in tow.
- MOVE SOUTH - That will help with your heating but you’ll still need to check to see if your air conditioning is taking flight in the same places so the above tips will still do the trick!
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