Tuesday, November 10, 2009

35 Ways to Winterize Your Home (Without Poisoning Your Family)

35 Ways to Winterize Your Home (Without Poisoning Your Family)
Stay cozy all winter long with these ideas.
by Marye Audet
Lancaster, TX, USA
]Fri Nov 06 09 Link to full article below

There are hundreds of tips on the Internet for winterizing your home but many of them aren't too eco-friendly. If you don't want to huff toxic chemicals all season check out these tips for a warmer home and healthy breathing all winter long.

Tips for Winterizing Your Home, Safely

1. Consider using green alternatives to traditional insulation. There are several options including cellulose and spray foam.

2. Learn from the old timers! Plant evergreens close to your home and consider planting a windbreak on your property. A windbreak can save up to 30% in energy costs.

3. Your attached garage can add to the difficulty in heating your home. It is a large, unheated space that usually shares a wall with either the kitchen or the den. Either way, keeping it warm helps keep the whole house warm. Take a look at the instructions to make this garage solar heater.

4. Install a permanent furnace filter to save waste and to keep your air clean.

5. Wrap the windows in plastic to keep out those arctic blasts.

6. You can also use bubble wrap to cover your windows. The air in the bubbles helps to insulate even more.

To read the full article: http://planetgreen.discovery.com/home-garden/winterize-home-poisoning-family.html?campaign=th_weekly_nl

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