I don’t know how the weather is where you live but in central New York, it not only can get really cold eventually but we also normally get a lot of snow. Electricity is expensive here but with the rising rates of gas it’s best if all of us can find ways to save on energy expenses for winter.

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Sometimes all it takes are a few minor changes to help start saving on expenses and make your home more comfortable. With that in mind, we offer 5 ways to winterize your home to address both of those issues.

1. Get your air ducts cleaned out. In most places, it will cost you less than $100 to have a company come in and clean your air ducts out. This not only removes anything that might block the smooth flow or air but it removes things that you might be allergic to. Also, they might find blockages or ducts that aren’t fully connected and they’ll take care of that as well.

2. Check your windows for gaps and spaces. Sometimes the summer plays havoc with windows and it’s possible that when it gets colder they’ll shrink more than they used to and thus there’s a lot of ways for cold outside air to get into the house. There’s lots of different ways to seal up those gaps if it’s needed.

3. While you’re at it check your storm windows. You might not realize that some of your windows and doors have storm windows that also double as winter windows because they close over screens. If you don’t know whether you have them or not check everything. And if they’re damaged correct those issues.

4. Check your doors. Do you have spaces at the bottom or top of your doors? You might need to use whatever you use on sealing your windows to help seal your doors to a degree. Since you use your doors though you might have to use those little wind puppets that you can put at the bottom of your doors while you’re home.

5. Unplug everything you’re not going to use. As I mentioned earlier, electricity is expensive. You can help your cause by unplugging things you’re not going to use, things like dehumidifiers, VCRs (yes, I still have a couple that I need to unplug since I don’t use them anymore), and anything else you can think of. Turn off lights when not in use. In essence, be wary of anything that uses electricity when not in use, which is pretty much everything that’s plugged in.

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