Weatherize Your Home for Autumn

This is the time of year when many of us are waking up to darker skies and crisp 60-degree mornings. We’re ready to put on warmer clothes, watch football, think about buying Halloween candy (just for the kids, of course) and enjoy the taste of pumpkin spice-flavored everything. But it’s also the right time to think about weatherizing your house for autumn because those cold temperatures tend to sneak up on us.

It may have been hot out yesterday, but before you know it, it will be in the 50s, with the digits in your thermometer beating a steady retreat downward. Learn more about keeping your house warm for comfort and safety while also saving money on heating bills with guidance from the Department of Energy’s Energy Saver website.

The best furnace in the world won’t help much if your house is drafty. Make sure that you take the time to install proper insulation and air sealing. Something as simple as adding weatherstripping to your doors and windows can save money on your energy bill.

If you aren’t sure what your house might require to be energy-efficient, do a home energy assessment using either a professional service or the DOE’s DIY checklist. Home energy assessments help point out where and how you could be losing energy and how best to fix it. You can also contact your electric cooperative to speak with a trusted energy adviser for more ideas.

If you want to learn how you can save even more year-round, the DOE’s Energy Saver website is loaded with great suggestions, information and help for those who want to save money without sacrificing comfort.

Take a little time to weatherize your home now. Autumn is here, and winter is coming.