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Rochester: Winterizing Your Home
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You may be prepping your home for ghouls and goblins, but now is the time to start preparing for something even scarier. Winter is coming.

"You want to think about the insulation in your house is adequate for the cold weather. Do you feel drafts in your windows and your doors? And how else can you try some money on your heating and electric bills," said Home Depot garden center department supervisor Roger Kelly.

Let's start from the top down, beginning in your attic.

"You lose most of your heat through your ceiling and into your attic space. Insulation runs anywhere from an R13 to an R49, depending on how big your joist are. If it's older insulation, you'll probably want to replace it because it's not giving you the R factor anymore. The higher the R factor, the more energy efficient your house is going to be," said Kelly.

After your attic is helping to retain the heat in your home, make sure you're not losing money out of your doors and windows.

"We have caulks which will help seal out the drafts, we also have the plastic sheetings that you can put on your windows to help seal out drafts. The door sweeps that you put on your doors to keep the drafts from coming under the doors," Kelly said.

And finally, we head to the basement, where you'll not only want to make sure that your heating unit is working properly, but also that something else is protected as well.

"You want to think about keeping your pipes from freezing. If you have an unfinished basement, it tends to get cold. We do offer pipe insulation for any of the pipes in your house. It's a foam pipe you just wrap it right around it. It seals up. It'll keep your hot water hot and your cold water cold," said Kelly.

One other quick way to save some money this winter? Change out you light bulbs to energy saving ones. It's getting darker sooner and longer, so you'll be using your lights more often.

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