Free or Low Cost Ways to Prep Your Home for Winter
Not everyone can afford to plunk down cash on weatherization this winter. While professionally installed insulation and weatherization can save you money on your home energy costs, there are some free or low cost ways to get your home ready for winter.
1. Seal the Leaks!
Add caulk or weatherstripping to seal air leaks around leaky doors and windows.
Find out how to select and apply the appropriate caulk. Learn how to select and apply weatherstripping.
2. Don’t Get Hosed!
3. Stop the Drafts!
A curtain can be installed in less than 10 minutes on your existing curtain rod.
4. Get Your Mind in the Gutter!
Your downspouts should extend at least 5 feet away from your house to prevent foundation problems. If they don’t, add downspout extensions found at stores like Home Depot; $10 to $20 each.
5. Look Up!
Black algae stains are just cosmetic, but masses of moss and lichen could signal roofing that’s decayed underneath. Call in a pro roofer for a $50 to $100 eval (MXI will check out your roof for free).
A plumbing vent stack usually is flashed with a rubber collar — called a boot — that may crack or loosen over time. They’ll wear out before your roof does, so make sure they’re in good shape. A pro roofer will charge $75 to $150 to replace a boot, depending on how steep your roof is. The cost of replacement is much less than the cost of repairing Spring water damage.
6. Do it Yourself!
Insulate your water heater & pipes.
Here is a great DIY article on pipe insulation.
Make a draft stopper.
Here are some really cool DIY project you can make with your kids!