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December 2, 2015 • Holidays, Home Improvement

Best Winter Home Improvement Projects

Looking for winter home improvement projects? We’ve broken down a list of winter upgrades that can help reduce energy costs while increasing value to your home this winter.

1. New Windows

Old, outdated windows can be detrimental to energy costs. This winter season, consider purchasing double or triple pane windows to reduce your costs, keep your house at the right temperature, and increase value in your home. For added insulation, we recommend finding the appropriate window shades or blinds to add esthetic appeal and insulate your home further.

2. Add Insulation

Insulation is key in the winter. Heat naturally rises, so check your attic to see if it is insulated appropriately. If the house was initially insulated more than 20 years ago, it’s a good idea to add another layer of insulation.

3. Caulk Around Windows and Walls

Scan along your home’s walls and windows for any potential breech in insulation. Holes in the drywall and around windows are typical problematic areas. Any drafty areas can be covered with high-quality caulk to add an additional layer of protection.

4. De-Clutter

Home organization doesn’t have to be a spring-reserved cleaning task. While keeping warm inside during the winter, go through your closets, drawers, and any additional clutter-filled areas to organize. Organization can bring new life to your home and make it warm and welcoming for the holidays.

5. Purchase a Programmable Thermostat

Heating accounts for approximately 29% of the annual single-family household’s energy bill. A programmable thermostat can be programmed to set at specific temperatures throughout the day, and can help reduce energy costs. Programmable thermostats can trim an average of $180 a year from your bill.

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