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“Weather-wise” your home for comfort and to cut down on utility bills
for both summer and winter:

– Weather strip windows and doors and repair thresholds and door bottoms.

– Seal large gaps in plumbing and electrical pass throughs with canned
foam.

– Insulate hot and cold water lines.

– Caulk around windows and doors and cracks in siding.

– Blanket the hot water heater.

– Install lined drapes or other dense window coverings.

– Install form gaskets at electrical switches and plugs.

And for those of us who can’t remember which way the wind should blow,
(the reverse switch on your ceiling fan):

In Summer – The leading edge of the fan blade should be higher than the
trailing edge. This blows the air directly downward and has
a cooling effect on those beneath.

In Winter – The leading edge of the fan blade should be lower than the
trailing edge. This blows the air upward towards the ceiling,
causing the hot air above to move across the ceiling and
down the walls. Warm air circulates throughout the room and
absorbs condensation from windows and glass doors. This
improves comfort, lowers your utility bills, and reduces
mildew at window sills.

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  1. Beau71 Says:

    Great tip on the fans…I always had that backwards!!
    Another thing that is help is to ensure the the attic is properly insulated.
    Thanks for stopping by, and great post.

  2. Condo Blues Says:

    I put solar roller shades on the north windows of my house and they’ve cut the sun’s heat coming in the house during summer. Originally, I got them because I liked the industrial look of them and I didn’t want the neighbors peeking into my windows :). I was really surprised because I didn’t buy the really expensive shades I’ve seen advertised on many green sites, mine came from a discount store. Cheap and green, who knew?

    Condo Bluess last blog post..Drying Fresh Lavender

  3. Linda Says:

    Hi Beau … I have always been confused on the fans and which direction. 😉

    Hi Condo … Great idea and I really like your lavender ideas as well!

  4. Barbara Swafford Says:

    Hi Linda,

    We just did some caulking outside in preparation for painting the exterior. I’m hoping it will save us a few coins on our heating bill.

    Barbara Swaffords last blog post..Interview With Lorelle VanFossen – Part 8 – The Future of Blogging

  5. Linda Says:

    Hi Barbara … Any little bit helps especially with hot or cooled air escaping the house. Since you are going to paint your exterior, have you thought of using an additive that will work in any paint, and when applied, will insulate your house? Hit the link to your left here and check it out!

  6. Diane Scott Says:

    Strangely enough I never think about running all our ceiling fans in the winter. But of course it makes perfect sense to move air around, as long as they are pointing in the right direction. I’ll have to remember that – it’s hard to think “winter” when we are sweltering here in Las Vegas LOL!

    Oh, and while I’m here, your Hemp Sister banner intrigued me so I clicked through. I’ve got my eye on the slippers and some of their soap!

  7. Brad Says:

    Good morning Linda!

    Good list of tips. The fan info was interesting even though I don’t have ceiling fans.

    Hope all’s well.

    Brads last blog post..Step Up to Stomp On!

  8. Linda Says:

    Hi Diane … I know, we are running 100 degree daily here. That little tropical storm that hit Galveston helped put some clouds over us to give us some relief from the sun…

    Hi Brad … I guess you do not get over 85 degrees where you are, if that high. We need fans here due to the sweltering heat and humidity! 🙂

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