Unless you live in the tropics, the time is now to consider winterizing your home—an annual ritual that can save you a great deal in money and comfort. Winterizing your home is generally not optional, although there can be aspects of it you can skip if savings isn’t an issue.
Let’s start outside. Use your hose to water heavily any new shrubs or trees you put in this year and mulch over the shrubs and any bulbs you have. The winter makes trees and shrubs relatively dormant but it’s a dry period of time for perennial plants and trees. Extra water will keep them healthy over the winter.
Now take a trip to the furnace
Tape around the window with double-sided tape and apply the cellophane as tightly as possible over the window. Trim off excess and use a hairdryer to further tighten the cellophane so there are no wrinkles or defects. Repeat for all windows you need.
With doors that leak beneath them, purchase or make a cloth tube filled with plastic pellets. The tubes should have a diameter of around 4-5 inches. Set them up against the door to keep the draft out.
Save money and have a warm and toasty winter!