23 - 2009

More winterizing tips

‘Tis the season for winterizing. In addition to our challenge, there is a lot of great information on the Web.

If you want to look beyond today’s earlier post on winterizing windows, I came across this post on some non-heating ways to save energy in the winter.

The Wall Street Journal published an article titled “It All Adds Up: Save Green When Going Green.” If you’ve been working on going green for a while (and, dare I say, reading this little blog), some of this article will have a “well, DUH” quality, especially coming from such a sage publication, but hey, good messages bear repeating.

Yahoo! Green wrote about “How to save at least $250 on your heating bills this year.” That article claims my little caulk-fest could save us $40 this year. Yahoo!

And the Suburban Dollar posted a list of 15 ways to prepare your home for winter.

To that last list I would add: Blow out your sprinkler system! If you have an automatic sprinkler system, you must get all the water out of the pipes before winter to prevent pipes from bursting. (The previous owners of our house handled this one for us by not doing this task, so we don’t have functioning sprinklers — just a lot of pipe in the ground.)

Finally, if you’re feeling ready to take charge of your thermostat, Crunchy Chicken is running the Freeze Yer Buns Challenge for 2009-2010. Sign up at her blog here.

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