{simple winterizing tips & honeywell wifi thermostat giveaway!}

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Living in Michigan was cold…very cold.  I learned very quickly how much our heating bill could be, especially through the winter months.  Now that we’ve moved to Texas, it’s just the opposite–winters are beautiful, and the cooling bill in the summer can really add up.

Did you know that heating and cooling costs account for nearly half the average homeowner’s total energy bill?  About $1,000 a year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® program.  I totally believe it!  Fortunately, there are some easy things you can do that can make a big difference to keep your house warm…or cool, and save in the process!

{Replace your air filter & install a programmable thermostat}

Simple winterization projects such as changing the air filter or installing a programmable thermostat can be completed in less than an hour and help to save up to $280 each year while improving energy efficiency of the home.

Air filters should be replaced every one to three months to prolong furnace life, keep energy consumption low, maintain air quality, and ensure proper climate control.  A programmable thermostatmake it is easy to save money and energy by keeping homes warm while people are at home, and giving the heater a break when no one is at home. A programmable thermostat can be installed in less than 30 minutes and can reduce energy consumption by as much as 33 percent when used correctly.

{Seal & insulate your home}

Homeowners can save up to $220 each year on heating and cooling costs by properly insulating and sealing their homes! According to the EarthWorks Group, the average American home has leaks that amount to a nine-square-foot hole in the wall. Sealing gaps and cracks around your windows, doors, ceilings and floors is an inexpensive way to keep cold drafts out and reduce heat loss.

I know I called them “winterizing tips”, but for those of us that experience extreme weather in the summer, instead of winter, you can do the same thing.

Did you know that there are programmable thermostats that can—

*be wi-fi enabled for remote access from anywhere

*free mobile app for remote thermostat control

*view local weather from your app

*send high/low temperature alerts via phone, e-mail and web

*manage multiple thermostats

Guess what?  The Home Depot is giving away a Honeywell WiFi Programmable thermostat (MSRP $149)!

You can enter in the Rafflecopter box below…GOOD LUCK!!!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


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About Simply Kierste Design Co.

Kierste is a blogger who shares her love of all things DIY. She is the mother of six, and focuses on simple ideas and projects to make a house a home! When she's not chasing around two sets of twins, a teenager, and a baby, she's working on a project, training for her next race, reading one of her favorite books, or baking something with chocolate in it.

52 thoughts on “{simple winterizing tips & honeywell wifi thermostat giveaway!}

  1. Hmmm…I try to open up the blinds on sunny days and keep the house closed up on cloudy days. We have a programmable thermostat that doesn’t seem to work properly. It keeps turning the house up to about 72 at 9/10pm every night!

  2. A programmable thermostat is something I am looking into to make my home more energy efficient. I like to use natural light of open windows instead of turning on lights.

  3. Replacing the weather stripping on your doors is something we just dogs. Plus out was cheap and easy, only tool needed was a pair of sissors.

  4. I need to put weatherstripping on our doors – lots of cold air coming in and that is an energy waster.

  5. I was just reading that Virginia Power has a rebate program to encourage people to get their ducts checked for leaks. I am going to look into that.

  6. We were just talking about adding programmable thermostats to our home. We also burn wood in our fireplace which is in the room we are in the most! It keeps us warm and toasty!

    1. and you’re right! Winters in MI are really cold! I grew up in West MI and now live in Northern NY which is as cold as living near the lake.

  7. I really need to seal up my cracks in the doors and windows. You can feel the cold air! Thanks for the tips.

  8. Pretty simple, but I use thermal curtains, heat/cold blocking and light blocking. Really does help.

  9. I would love to replace the thermostat in our house It’s a rental but the current unit is probably 25 years old. It drives me crazy when I hear it click on in the middle of the night because I can’t program it! I can’t believe you are giving one away. It’s an answer to my prayers!

  10. We finally (after 4 years) got insulated curtains on our biggest window. It is already helping keep the chilly air out.

  11. We have separate thermostats in every room on our main floor, but none of them are programmable. So I’d love to have one! Thanks for the chance!

  12. We replaced all of our windows and replaced them with energy efficient ones. New weatherstripping around all the new windows and doors really have helped also.

  13. We live in Texas and we have Solar Screens on our windows which I think helps, but our windows need to be re-sealed to correct some foundation movement.

  14. We definitely need to fix the air leaking in around our door. And we have been eyeballing a programmable thermostat for a while but it’s just not been in the budget.

  15. We replaced all our windows and just put a new wood stove insert in our fireplace. Also, caulked around both sets of french doors and entrance door.

  16. We have a programable thermostat. Keep blinds open on sunny days. We need a new front door because there is a draft coming in!

  17. I change all my light bulbs to 60w cfl’s, & looking into getting a programmable thermostat as well.

  18. We need to take the time to check our caulking outdoors. Since we live in Michigan any heat saved is appreciated! :)

  19. We live in an updated house – new doors, windows & roof – but we still keep our thermostat low & we have a rolled up towel against the basement door to keep some of the cold air out!

  20. Thermal curtains and redo the weather stripping on storm windows and replace front door are changes I hope to make before Louisiana winter really hits hard (February usually).

  21. We turn the thermostat down when we go on vacation or out for the day. I leave the oven open after I use it to let the heat out into the house. :)

  22. We still have some old rope windows although we’ve replaced quite a few with double-pane insulated windows. On the old ones upstairs we use plastic covering to make them more wind-proof and I have draft dodgers and weather stripping on all the doors. We also use a space heater to try to keep the thermostat down and the house still warm.

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