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Open House: How Are You Handling the Cold?

As temperatures drop, our homes' thermostats creep up, and with those rising thermostats come rising bills. This week, I offered you some advice on keeping your house warm while keeping your costs down. From wearing layers to household fixes, there are actually some easy ways to make your house more efficient and cozy, that will also help you lower those heating bills.

Every household seems to have a few tricks up their sleeve about how to winterize their home. What do you do? Do you use draft stoppers on doors? Storm windows? Do you have any ingenious tricks that you haven't heard mentioned here before? Tell me all about it in the comments.

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Swedeybebe Swedeybebe 8 years
our days are still pretty warm, about 70-s to 80's, but the nights are definitely starting to get a little chilly... we use draft guards, thats pretty much it. I am dying to get new windows because ours are sooooo old... we also don't have a fireplace, so we have been looking at those electric fireplace heaters... love the look and heats the room!
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
its still in the 70s in Atlanta... Aren't we lucky!!But a few years ago we replaced all the windows in the house..
Stupidasscat Stupidasscat 8 years
we use the draft guards under the door and bring out the xtra blankets from the attic to warm up the beds and we got a storm door with a glass insert this year for the winter and a screen insert for the summer
CoralAmber CoralAmber 8 years
We got new double paned energy efficient windows last year and it's been a dream. No more drafts in the winter! We caulked around our windows and used insulated tape around the doors. Any added insulation to door frames, outlets, etc. makes a big difference. We also had really useless north facing windows that were tiny and looked onto an ugly building next door. So we got rid of them entirely when we got new windows. The rooms are warmer and having a pretty wall makes up for losing the ugly windows.
HeidiMD HeidiMD 8 years
We moved into our new house in January, and having quality windows made a huge difference in summer and winter.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
I hear you Michelin --- it's 80 deg here in Maryland today ;)
Michelann Michelann 8 years
What cold? It was 90 degrees here yesterday. But when it does get cold, my fuzzy slippers will be ready.
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