Simple Home Weatherization Tips

, Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Tue, January 15 2013 at 6:52 PM, Updated: Tue, January 15 2013 at 7:23 PM

Winterizing your home can be easy. Here are some simple ways to do Make your home more energy efficient.

 

You want to make sure all of the windows and doors are sealed properly. By running your hand along a door jam and along a window sill- if you can catch cool air coming through it should be fixed.

for older windows, a simple putty is available in most home improvement stores as well as plastic sheets that allow sunlight to come in but block cool air out. (works best if done before freezing temperatures)

Heating water takes a lot of energy. Wrapping them with proper fitted pipe insulation can keep them from cracking and save energy.

There's also a wide selection of products on the market to simplify home weatherization. A hot cord is available which can be attached to water pipes then plugged in to heat them. If you plan on insulating outlets in your home, it's best to use material that's fire retardant as some fiberglass insulation can catch burn. planting shrubs near your home can act as a windbreaker and if you have a green thumb there are organic insulation materials that are made from plant material which can be easily blown in attics and other spaces. If you have a ceiling fan, turn the switch to make it spin the other direction. This should force hot air down and around your home.

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Travis Koch

News at Sunrise Co-Anchor Travis Koch started his career as a filmmaker. He wrote and directed documentaries about traveling and extreme sports.

Among his many life experiences, he was a dog musher in Alaska and a baker in Minnesota. Travis began his career at NBC5 News as a weekend photographer and has continued to follow his dreams in television broadcasting and multimedia.

Catch Travis co-anchoring with Jennifer Elliott weekdays on NBC 5 News at Sunrise starting at 5:30am.

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