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The Green Life: Winterize Your Home: Beat the Draft

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November 30, 2009

Winterize Your Home: Beat the Draft

Block drafts According to a report released by the White House, homes are responsible for more than 20 percent of carbon emissions in the United States. By making a few minor adjustments to your abode, you can reduce emissions and save money this winter.

Tip #1: Block Drafts

Doors can allow cold air to enter a room, even when they're closed. The Daily Green reports that drafts waste five percent to thirty percent of your home's energy. Check out the Rusty Bobbin's tutorial to learn how to make your own "draft snake" with fabric scraps. If you're crafty, you might consider making extra draft snakes to give away as holiday presents. If sewing isn't your thing, a rolled towel placed at the base of the door is an easy option for stopping unwanted air flow.

Tip #2: Shine a Light on Leaks

Tip #3: Insulate Windows

Tip #4: Clean Furnace Filters

Share your tips: How do you keep your home warm in winter?

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