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Old 09-24-2005, 04:48 PM   #1
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What do you do to winterize your home?

For those of you that live in cold climates, what do you do to winterize your home? Since the price of oil in so high, I have to find ways to cut down on my heating costs.

I first wash all exterior windows so that the sun can come through and heat the house.

I buy crystal clear plastic to put over my windows to keep all drafts out.

My outlets are insulated to keep drafts out.

I have to purchase a storm door.

I have wood floors which is great in the summer, but in the winter it is very cold on the feet, so I am looking for area carpets.

I change my furnace filter montly so I get the maximum amount of heat coming through my vents.

What do you guys do to winterize?

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Old 09-24-2005, 05:00 PM   #2
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Clean out the fireplace
Check for any drafts
Check heater to make sure it's working properly and to burn off any dust.
That's about it. It gets cold, but, not like up north.
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Old 09-24-2005, 05:31 PM   #3
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Clean out the fireplace
Check for any drafts
Check heater to make sure it's working properly and to burn off any dust.
That's about it. It gets cold, but, not like up north.
I remember winters in Texas Fairly mild compared to Maine, but it did get down to 30 degrees and a bit of snow.

We have a fireplace too, which we mostly use in the fall and early spring, however, the price of wood has now skyrocketed just like oil It's going to be a long winter I think
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Old 09-24-2005, 05:51 PM   #4
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Wish I could send you some, it's pretty cheap down here right now.
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Old 09-24-2005, 05:56 PM   #5
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Bring out the Scotch and put away the Mojitos!
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Old 09-24-2005, 05:58 PM   #6
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Bring out the Scotch and put away the Mojitos!
Heck yea, but, I would rather have Vanilla White Russians lol
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Old 09-24-2005, 07:06 PM   #7
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PUll out some warmer clothes, find a heater or two and put another blanket on the bed! I cannot imagine what it would be like to have to really prepare for winter.
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I have an apartment. I turn on the heat!
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It's snowy and cold in the winter where I live. We are lucky to be able to cut our own firewood so that's all done and ready. We dress much warmer during the winter (even indoors). We tend to do more baking, soup-making, etc., so the heat from the stove/oven helps warm things up. I also move the furniture around. I pull things a little closer to give the living room a "warmer" feel.

We also make sure the antifreeze is good in the vehicles and put blankets in all the cars. Chores, chores, chores
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callie - do you have to plug your cars into an electric heater? When I lived in vermont we had to do that every night - there is an outlet in every driveway.
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