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Since winter is just around the corner, this is the perfect time to ensure your home is energy efficient and prepared to handle the cold weather. This means you should button up your house to reduce your heating bills by maximizing the efficiency of your heating system.

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Improve Energy Efficiency

The first step to improve the energy efficiency of your home is to seal any air leaks around doors and windows. Start by locking up all your doors and windows, then turn off your AC and turn on the exhaust fans to create a draft in your home. Then light incense and pass it near door and window edges to see if there is any air leakage.

If you notice the smoke is moving strangely, mark the area where it’s happening with painter’s tape. Look at the weather-stripping near the areas you find drafts and replace it if necessary.


Maintain Your Heating System

A trained HVAC professional should examine your heating system. The best time to schedule an inspection is during the fall before the winter arrives. During his inspection, the expert can:


  • Test the safety controls
  • Check the thermostat
  • Replace the air filter
  • Test the pressure switches
  • Inspect and clean the blower

Keep replacing the furnace air filter every 1 to 3 months because you will need a working air filter during winter.

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Make Your House Safer

You need to have smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your home to prevent fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. You should also keep a multi-purpose extinguisher near the kitchen because most home fires start in this area. Hire a certified chimney sweep to inspect your chimney and fireplace to ensure creosote has not built up dangerously because this could cause a chimney fire. An electrical wiring fault is another main cause of fires in the home. Consider replacing your wall outlets with circuit interrupters.


Use Water Sense

According to, you should install certified fixtures if you hope to reduce your water consumption without affecting the water pressure. Using water in a smart way is eco-friendly and good for your finances.


Use Salvaged Building Materials

If you want to remodel your home, think about using salvaged materials because they offer cost-effective and sustainable solutions. Salvaged materials are less expensive than new materials, making your project that much cheaper. Moreover, when your family and friends learn you used such materials, they will be impressed.

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Install Better Flooring

Flooring such as reclaimed hardwood, bamboo, and cork is easier to clean and does not allow the buildup of toxins. Opt for these kinds of floors if you want your home to be easier to keep clean. However, if you must have a carpet, go for a woolen, super-dense carpet.


Make Mindful Decisions

By using a certain methodology, ask yourself whether it is healthy and good for the environment. Are the techniques and materials you want to use functional and financially smart? Before you install anything or remodel any part of your home, make sure you are making a good decision.


Clean Green

To save money and create a healthy environment for living in, adopt green cleaning methods. You can use an all-purpose cleaner – for a strong cleaning agent, mix vinegar and water in a 1:1 ratio then add a drop of dish soap and four drops of an essential oil.


This post was contributed to Life, Love and Dirty Dishes




Claire Kirby

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