I thought that with the new snow on the ground and more to come, some winter weatherization tips were in order, but then I did some research and realized that you’re supposed to do a lot of these tasks during the fall. It’s probably too late now to replace the caulking around the exterior of your doors and windows, but there are still a few things that can be done to keep your home or apartment toasty warm all winter long without breaking the bank.
Many of the homes in the Near North Neighborhood are older, historic homes with big, sometimes drafty windows. A pretty easy and cost effective solution is to install plastic film over the window. Kits are available that make it even easier. Not a bad snowy day project, really.
Another good tip is to check your weather stripping. If your doors aren’t sealing correctly, it might be time to replace it. There are a couple of different kinds of weather stripping, but it’s pretty reasonably priced, and certainly a good investment.
More tips on staying warm and energy efficient can be found here.
If heating and weatherization efforts are unaffordable, there is help available.Â Red River Valley Community Action has an income-based weatherization program.Â There is also a Low IncomeÂ Home Energy Assistance Program available through the ND Department of Human Services.
I hope you all stay nice and warm during this blustery Thanksgiving week!