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Winterize: How To Prepare Your Home For Winter

You’re prepared. For storms, that is. Winter storms come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s good to be prepared in case a bad one drops in to visit you. Stock up on candles, bottled water, non-perishable foods, blankets, and a first-aid kid. Look into a battery backup device for your computer and other vital electronics. Set up an evacuation plan – complete with a family gathering spot – for your house, and conduct “fire drills” to make sure everyone is aware of what to do if they have to get out of the house fast. Update your list of emergency numbers (police, fire, family members, utility companies, etc.) and post it on the refrigerator.

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Your green future. It may not be something at the top of your list right now, but give some thought to what your future might hold in terms of energy usage and home efficiency. There are any number of local, state, and federal credit programs out there covering items such as new windows and doors, insulation, roofing, HVAC, and water heaters, as well as alternate energy upgrades like solar, biomass stoves, small wind turbines, etc. You can research what credits are available to you through the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency.

How do you prepare for winter? Share your tips below!

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One Response to “Winterize: How To Prepare Your Home For Winter”

  1. JamiB says:

    I’m sitting here plugging up every hole I can find around my windows and doors and didn’t even think to make sure the furnace was optimized for winter. Programmable thermostat ordered and calling the furnace guy to set up an appointment when the rest of the world wakes up. Great winterization guide, thanks!


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