It's time to winterize your home

Winterizing Your Home
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

(KAIT) - Region 8 has been blessed with above average temperatures for most of the fall.

Unfortunately, our warm conditions are about to be replaced with much colder air.

This temperature drop means it is time to make sure your home is winterized.

Region 8 News spoke with Kevan Inboden, special projects administrator at City Water & Light, who gave some tips and tricks on ways to keep energy bills low and your family warm during the cold winter months.

Reversing your ceiling fan was one of the first tips pointed out. This mixes the warm air that has risen to the ceiling back to the ground.

Inboden also mentioned checking to make sure your attics are well insulated for the winter.

When it comes to your thermostat, Inboden said it can potentially save you money.

"Look into getting a programmable thermostat," said Inboden. "They can adjust the temperature when the customer is not home to reduce those heating bills. Supposedly, for every degree you adjust that thermostat, it can reduce your heating expenses by about three percent, so it can make a big difference."

Opening curtains on windows that face the sun is also a great idea during the cold months. It is practically free heat.

You'll also want to make sure your outdoor pipes are covered, and all garden hoses are disconnected.

Another item to check is your water meter.

"If the lid to your water meter is broken, City Water & Light will come out and replace it for you," said Inboden.

There are many tips and tricks that will keep the cost of warming your home down.

If you are interested in viewing all of them before "winterizing" your home, click here for more CWL recommendations.

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