{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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  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. Kathie Y says:

    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. We need to really replace our front door, I know heat/cold escapes under the door

  4. Christy says:

    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.

  5. Hailey says:

    New windows would help a ton in our old house. Maybe someday :o)

  6. I just had my windows replaced and am hoping it helps keep the heat/AC in the house!

  7. Cathy says:

    I bundle up and keep the heat down!! I could use this thermostat!!

  8. We vent our dryer inside in the winter. It smells great, and heats the house.

  9. Kathy Kreger says:

    We went to geo-therm several years ago. It’s the best!

  10. Anne Marie says:

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

  11. Lora W. says:

    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.

  12. Sharon Klundt says:

    I let as much sunshine in as possible, try to keep heat on even setting at all times.

  13. I would love to seal our home!! Just need to figure out how to do that :)

  14. martha says:

    Need new windows ,

  15. Karen Tecklenburg says:

    We have our windows tinted with a solar control window film.

  16. Kerri Weldon says:

    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!

    • Kerri Weldon says:

      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.

  17. Lara r says:

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

  18. Annie H. says:

    I try to let in as much sunlight as possible during the day to get natural heat

  19. Haley Grossman says:

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

  20. 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!

  21. Amanda E says:

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

  22. Tracey F. says:

    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!

  23. I open and close windows as needed to keep house cool(er) in summer. In winter, I close some rooms off.

  24. Tina ford says:

    Love anything to help with the electric bills now adays.

  25. Rebecca says:

    I want to know where you caulk. I cannot find any holes.

  26. Kim S says:

    I want to get thermal curtains. We lose SO much heat through our windows!

  27. 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.

  28. Phyllis says:

    I would like to replace the patio door. I think it makes the kitchen cold

  29. Mandy S says:

    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.

  30. I would like to replace all our windows -they are old and let cold air in. My honey covers them with plastic for the winter and it helps a little.:)

  31. Mandee Jo says:

    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.

  32. I would love to replace our windows. THey are ancient and let out and in cool/hot air during each season.

  33. It’s not the fanciest solution, but we have covered the single-pane windows of our rental with bubble wrap. it dropped our heating bill significantly and was a great temporary solution in a rental.

  34. Nancy K says:

    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.

  35. Our new house doesn’t have window coverings on all the windows. I’d like to (eventually) get those puppies all covered up!

  36. Heather W. says:

    I need to get my air ducts a good cleaning.

  37. KellyG says:

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

  38. Shell We says:

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

  39. i would like to keep the house better sealed to keep it warm longer and have better bulbs.

  40. cheryl says:

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

  41. Ranelle says:

    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!

  42. Tricia Carter says:

    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).

  43. Matthew McCallon says:

    We have double pained windows and recently installed a new Central AC/Heating unit.

  44. Kari M. says:

    We need to insulate our outside walls.

  45. nicole says:

    we need to change out all the OLD windows!

  46. 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. :)

  47. Michelle Hudak says:

    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.

  48. Karen Peterson says:

    replace the seal around my garage door so that the warm air doesn’t escape ;)

  49. we change our filters regularly, replace windows as needed and insulate. We also use a digital thermostat

  50. We rent a condo so I can’t fix everything,but we were thinking of sealing the windows to help make everything more efficient

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