5 Easy DIY Ways to Weather-Proof Your Home

The drafty season is upon us. Beef up weatherstripping, insulation, and more to slash utility bills this winter!


1. Weatherstripping

Sealing gaps around doors and windows can make your home feel warmer-and save you 10 to 15 percent on your energy bills. we've broken down the most common options by material and profile so that you'll know just what to install to chase away the chill. See our Essential Guide to Weather Stripping.


MORE: Step By Step: How to Make Your Doors Draft-Free with Weatherstripping


2. Insulation
Get an insulation education and learn about everything from foam, to fiberglass, and the oft overlooked parts of your home you should fill.


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3. Honeycomb Shades
Introduced in the 1980s, honeycombs are built on a simple concept: Trapped air is an insulator that can conserve your hard-earned heat. See which styles we think are high performers and also qualify for a 2011 federal energy tax credit when installed inside a double-glazed window.


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4. Programmable Thermostat
Put in a programmable thermostat to automate indoor temperature and trim about $200 off annual heating and cooling costs.


MORE: How to Do Fall Furnace Maintenance. Before chilly autumn nights set in, you need to make an appointment for your furnace's annual checkup.


5. Cork Floors
Turn an icy room into a cozy haven with this eco-friendly flooring idea.


MORE: Add a Fireplace Insert. Turn your fireplace into a more efficient source of heat



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