Winterize your home

It’s hard to think about with outdoor temperatures in the high 70s today, but there is  no time like the present to winterize your home to save energy and money. Horry Electric offers these tips to help conserve electricity and heat, as well as your time and money!

  • Add weatherstipping around doors and windows.
  • Caulk around pipes where they penetrate walls and floors. Do this before cold weather because many types of caulk will not cure if installed in cold temperatures.
  • Insulate hot-water pipes in unheated spaces, such as attic or crawl space.
  • Make sure all of your light bulbs are energy-efficient CFLs. This will allow you to keep them turned on longer as the days grow shorter and use 75% less energy.
  • Use exterior caulk to seal all gaps and cracks around fixtures, openings, door and window frames.
  • Let the sunshine – and its warmth – in by opening drapes during the day. Close the drapes at night to help insulate the house from the cooler outside air.
  • During cool weather, set your thermostat at 68 degrees during the day and 65 degrees at night or when leaving home for an extended time.
  • Replace broken window panes and seal window cracks. A small crack around windows and doors can cause a complete change of inside and outside air in the home every hour.
  • Keep fireplace dampers closed when not in use. For safety, be sure the fire is out and the ashes are cold before closing the damper. Consider installing a glass door since the fireplace is a major source of heat loss in the home.
  • Wood stoves or fireplces need maintenance to burn cleanly. Improper venting can cause serious heat loss and could lead to fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Change your filters regularly – once a month for standard fiberglass filters, every two or three months for newer, pleated filters. Dirty filters hamper air flow and overwork the blower.

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