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Prepare now for a cozy winter

Winter weather is just around the corner in many areas, but a few simple steps can help you stay cozy indoors and save on heating costs, as well:

• Insulate open spaces – insulation is one of the most efficient and economical ways to reduce home heating costs. Check your local building codes to make sure your home is property insulated. In most homes, insulation should be added to the attic and outside walls.

• Check doors and windows – precious heat can be lost through doors and windows. Storm windows and doors can cut heat loss in these areas by almost half. Double-insulated and triple-glazed windows are also effective heat-loss barriers.

• Seal up air leaks – you can also reduce air leaks by using inexpensive caulking around windows, doors and electrical outlets. Adding weather stripping to the tops and bottoms of windows and doors will help prevent drafts and heat loss.

• Put the wraps on your pipes – Wrapping your water heater and pipes can save energy by reducing heat loss. Special insulation for hot water pipes, especially where they’re exposed in garage or basement areas, is also recommended.

Source: American Electric Power

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