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Fall is a good time for tenants and owners to prepare for winter

Posted on September 9, 2015 by admin in News

Winter will soon be here and for most homes that means higher gas or electric bills. Whether you’re a tenant or property owner we’ve put together some tips here to help prepare for the cold months ahead, improve your home’s energy efficiency and reduce utility costs.

For tenants:

  • Dress warmly
  • Close any vents and doors to rooms not in use
  • Keep windows and doors closed as much as possible
  • Replace your furnace filter to insure maximum efficiency
  • Clean the air registers throughout your home and make sure they are clear of obstruction
  • Add weatherstripping to exterior doors including those opening to garages or porches
  • Add a door sweep to the bottom of exterior doors to prevent under-door drafts
  • Add weatherstripping to windows or use rope caulking for windows that won’t be opened during winter
  • If you have a fireplace close the damper when not in use
  • Reverse your ceiling fans to push warm air down
  • Replace your dryer exhaust vent if it’s missing the flapper or doesn’t close properly
  • Add a fiberglass insulation blanket to wrap your water heater tank
  • Install temporary window film or plastic coverings over large windows
  • Set your thermostat to lower temperatures at night and when you’re gone
  • Install storm windows (if you have them)

For owners:

  • Shut off exterior faucets
  • Disconnect and drain all outside garden hoses
  • If your property has a fireplace, have it cleaned at least every 2 years to prevent chimney fires
  • Arrange for a professional furnace tune-up
  • Have the ductwork of the rental property cleaned out
  • Add more insulation to the attic
  • Caulk leaks around windows and doors
  • Replace old windows with new, efficient models
  • Seal around plumbing holes, both in the attic floor and under sinks
  • Seal holes in the foundation wall and gaps between the foundation and structure
  • Blow out the in-ground sprinkler system

If you rent a home or apartment, you may be eligible for low-cost or free weatherization help from our local organizations who will come to your residence and help you save on heating use and costs. These same programs are available to property and home owners too. Learn more about low-cost or free weatherization by following the links below:

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Portland General Electric Weatherization Assistance

Marion & Polk County Community Action Agency Energy Services

Marion & Polk County Community Action Agency Weatherization Services

Marion County assistance programs


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