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Given the incoming changes in temperature and climate along with increased costs, you might be looking for ways to save money when the weather is bad. So, here are a few quick tips.
Storm Proof Your Home
Storms like hurricanes, and tornadoes are fraught with danger. The strong wind speeds can reach up to 245 miles per hour and can propel debris like missiles. Something hitting your home at that speed will cause immense damage. So you need to protect it. Fortunately, this is easy with companies like Paradise Exteriors, who offer hurricane windows to prevent this from happening. Additionally, storm doors and shutters are another line of defense against the terrible dangers of strong winds. The protection these offer is more than offset by the cost.
Maintain Your Home Well
Simply maintaining your home will go a long way in helping you to save money when the weather is bad. Of course, with bad weather and changing seasons comes a drop in temperature. But most heat is lost through windows and the roof since heat rises. And this means higher energy bills. You can reduce this by maintaining your insulation and paying attention to windows. For example, make sure you have double glazing and use thick curtains to prevent heat from escaping. Additionally, have your roof inspected once per year.
Filling Cracks will Save Money when the Weather is Bad
Open doors and windows are an obvious cause of lost heat and higher bills. But smaller holes and cracks also contribute a lot to losing heat or letting cold air in. Here’s how you can stop it:
- Check your ceilings and walls for small holes where cold air could come in.
- Inspect your window sealings for wear and tear, damage, and dryness.
- Use draught excluders to prevent cold air from coming in under the doors.
These might seem small. But a single draught from under a door can prevent a room from reaching your thermostat temperature, meaning the heating will stay on, increasing your bills.
Protect Against Lightning Strikes
Lightning strikes are more common than you might think. However, the chances of your home being hit by lightning are slim. Still, a direct hit or a close stroke can cause damage to your home, meaning costly repairs. Fortunately, it’s simple to protect your home against lightning. Surge protection sockets are a standard way to prevent your electronics from blowing out. And they’re pretty cheap compared to replacing something like your fridge or TV. However, you should also unplug anything you can, especially if it isn’t connected to a surge socket.
Get Cozy and Spend Quality Time
Bad weather isn’t always so bad, and it can be a spectacle to watch. For example, a lightning storm never fails to impress. And a torrential downpour on a Saturday afternoon can be magical. However, bad weather often coincides with darkness and lowered temperature. This is a golden opportunity to get cozy with a blanket, a hot drink, and some candles as you watch the storm with your partner or children. This can help save a little money on your heating and electricity, all the while being treated to some of nature’s best shows and spending time with your family.
A storm can bring increased costs with it. However, you can save money when the weather is bad by storm-proofing your home, filling cracks and draughts, and getting cozy during a storm.