Tips For Preparing For Cold Weather Could Save You Money

If you've been pulling your coats and sweaters out of the closet, you're not alone. Lately the low temperatures here in South Mississippi have been hanging around the 30s. Along with changing your wardrobe, you may want to start thinking about protecting your home from the cold weather. W

We've all heard about protecting pipes and plants, but there are other ways to make sure Old Man Winter doesn't cost you a fortune.

When the chilly weather blew in, Home Depot employees say so did the customers preparing their homes for the cold. Some started at the top.

Home maintenance expert Clint Saucier said, "Warm air rises, and most of it goes through the attic. That's where you lose most of your warm air."

Experts say insulating areas like attics and windows helps keep warmth in, and high energy bills out.

"If you don't have a very properly insulated window you will lose a lot of heat and you will feel cold every time you walk by it," Saucier said.

If the caulk, plastics, and sealers aren't doing enough to stop leaks, the next step could be new windows.

"The problem you have with an aluminum window is it's a solid aluminum frame. If your aluminum is 30 degrees outside, it's 30 degrees inside," Saucier said.

To keep their homes toasty warm inside, many people turn on their space heaters. But experts say turning them on overnight isn't a good idea.

"You never know what may come in contact while you're asleep. You don't want to put it next to the bed or anything like that," said home maintenance expert Rod Hill. "You never know what pets or children might get up in the middle of the night. They can trip over cords."

Experts want to remind people to keep safety in mind when heating their homes. Don't put space heaters near curtains or anything flammable, and make sure you read the instructions first.