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Winterizing Your Home

October 7, 2005--Posted at 6:30 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR-- Fall weather finally settle into region eight...is your home ready for the changing temperatures? The hot days of summer are gone and colder temperatures are on the way. And with heating costs on the rise, making sure your house is winterized could save you money.

"There are so many little things that can save you so much on your energy bill especially with them talking about the price of gas going up," said Harold Hoots, a Barton's salesman.

Is your house energy efficient and winterized? And what steps can you take to prepare it for the cold months.

"One of the first and most important things is your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors, they are so very important to have in a home and such a small cost compared to the results they bring," said Hoots.

Important with cold days on the way, as families turn on heat for the first time this season.

"I do not recommend in any situation a person check their own furnace or chimney, there are professionals that do that stuff," said Hoots.

Having a prefessional check your heating unit will make it more efficient and in turn lower your electric bill. Saving money on this winter's electric bill can also be as easy as using a tube of calk but there are also other ways to save money.

"Weatherstripping, insulation, calk, expanda foam, plastic things to keep the air out of your house or to keep the heat in your house," said Hoots.

In addition exterior faucet covers, heat pipe wraps, foam sheets, and insulation are ways to keep heating costs cool this winter. In most cases a family can make their home more winterized and efficient for under $100.

"What you would normally spend on insulation you will make back saving on your energy bill, especially attics lose alot of heat," said Hoots.

There are so many small things a person can do around their house to make it more energy efficient. Small things that will add up big at the end of the cold months.

"You will spend somewhat alot of money trying to make the repairs of what may have cost a little now could cost more in the long run," said Hoots.

If you are unsure about what you need to winterize your house, experts at home imrovement stores like Barton's can walk you through the process.

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