Winterize your home and save energy

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- With winter on its way, now is the time to get your home ready for the cold weather. But, it is possible to keep your home cozy and comfortable without breaking the bank.

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Jeorge Goebel from Window World joined Hello Wisconsin help homeowners ward off low temperatures and high bills with some helpful advice.

Window World Winterize Your Home Checklist.
Simple household items, such as bubble wrap and a spray bottle, can be used to seal in heat. A candle or incense stick can help homeowners sniff out air leaks. Even making small changes to the thermostat can help homeowners save big in the end. In a highly visual and informative segment, experts will demonstrate easy and cheap ways everyone can save energy and costs during the colder months.
Here are some ways to keep your home warm while saving energy this winter:
1. Made in the Shade - Covering windows with the right shades and draperies prevents warm air from escaping. Our experts will have examples of energy-efficient blinds, and they will demonstrate how an insulating drapery liner can make a big difference.
2. Embrace Thermostat Change - Lowering a thermostat while residents are away or asleep can also lower their utility bills. A programmable thermostat makes it easier to adjust temperatures when residents are out of the house or asleep.
3. Our Leaks Are Sealed - Ducts that leak air into unheated spaces can cause pricey utility bills. Our experts will demonstrate how to detect air leaks around drafty windows using a candle or incense stick. Caulk can be used, not just around drafty doors or windows, but also around electrical outlets, pipes and wires that are leaking air.
4. Not in Hot Water - Reducing hot water use can keep homeowners, well, out of hot water. Turn down the water heater to the warm setting to prevent burning up your bill… and your hands.
5. Winter Weather Windows - Sticking bubble wrap on a window using nothing more than a spray bottle of water is a simple way to provide extra insulation. Cheap, do-it-yourself window insulation kits help block drafts and air leaks. Our experts will demonstrate how to provide extra insulation, while offering examples of energy-efficient windows and glass.
Our Experts Will Provide These Props:
Windows and frames
Bubble wrap
Spray bottle of water
Insulation energy film
Candle and incense sticks
Drapery liner
Insulating blinds
Door draft blocker
Caulk
Electrical outlet cover, pipe and wires
Programmable thermostat
A sample window that can be set up on a table and will stand alone. It's 22" wide X 32" tall
Old wood window with grids ( size 28'' wide X 28" tall)
Caulk
Heatlight (demonstrating how energy efficient glass works)
Socket Sealers (for outlet covers)
Thermal insulated blackout curtains
Window Plastic and tape
Door draft seal
Candle
Programmable thermostat



 
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