Preparing Your Home for the Texas Winter Season<br />
5 Projects to Help Protect Your Home and Save Money During the Winter Months <br />
5 Fall Projects<br />Seal Leaks<br />Insulate the Hot Water Heater<br />Insulate the Attic<br />Trim Trees and Bushes<br />Prevent Pipes from Freezing<br />
Project #1. Seal Leaks<br />Sealing leaks in your home can lower your Texas electricity and gas bills during the winter months. Heat can escape through any crack or leak in doors, windows, etc., which impacts the temperature of the home. <br />Repair cracked or broken windows<br />Ensure windows are closed completely<br />Add caulk or other barrier to gaps in fixed windows<br />Add weather stripping to door frames<br />
Project #2. Insulate the Hot Water Heater<br />Apply a water heater blanket or pre-cut jacket to your hot water heater to help reduce electricity or gas bills.<br /><ul><li>These make your hot water heater more efficient so your water stays hotter longer.
Be sure to look for ones that have an insulating value of at least R-8.</li></li></ul><li>Project #3. Insulate the Attic<br />Applying additional insulation is another great way to reduce your energy costs not only during the summer and winter months<br />Each house varies on the amount of insulation needed to see savings. Many older homes, for example, have less insulation than the homes built today.<br />
Project #4. Trim Trees and Bushes<br />Trimming trees is necessary to remove any broken or dead limbs, which can break off and cause damage during a winter storm.<br />Warning: Be aware of the risks of a do-it-yourself project and consider hiring a professional arborist. Falling branches can cause injury and damage to your home.<br />
Project #5. Prevent Pipes from Freezing<br /><ul><li>If you live in a place where it freezes, a good fall project would be to wrap your pipes.
Measure the pipe length, purchase pipe insulation (foam tubes that fit around each pipe) and wrap them around your pipes.
For pipes that run along the exterior walls, you can install fiberglass insulation between the wall and the pipe that will add additional protection from the cold.
An easier alternative to fiberglass insulation is to wrap pipes that run along exterior walls with electrical heating tape</li>