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Use the next few months of moderate temperatures to feather a cozy, energy-efficient nest that withstands wintry conditions. Even if you live in a warmer climate where snow and ice are rare or non-existent, you can take preventative measures now to keep your utility bills in check, raise your comfort level and prevent costly home repairs down the road.
1. Increase your efficiency
The problem: As the temperature dips, your utility bill climbs. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that heating accounts for 31 percent of the average home’s annual utility use.
The fix: You can save as much as 20 percent on your home’s energy costs by installing an energy-efficient furnace with properly sealed ducts. (Sealing ductwork alone can save you up to $140 a year.) Plus, making your home more energy efficient can earn you some tax credits. Other ways to increase efficiency include:
2. Improve your comfort
The problem: A drafty house makes you chilly, and lets warm air slip out.
The fix: ENERGY STAR notes that properly sealing and insulating a home improves comfort and saves up to 10 percent on annual energy costs. Use these tips to get started:
3. Prevent ice damage
The problem: State Farm experts estimate that each winter 250,000 homes experience damage due to frozen pipes.
The fix: First look for places where cold air can get in. Then: