Insulate Your Home To Stay Warm And Lower Heating Costs This Winter (VIDEO)

12/29/2012 09:20 am ET

Just like with any change of season, winter brings a new list of repairs and maintenance projects you'll need to take care of around the house. But don't be tempted to just crank up the heat and snuggle up with a blanket and cup of tea. It's important that you make sure your home is properly insulated. If it's too drafty, not only will you be uncomfortable, but you'll also waste a ton of money heating it. Luckily, the video above gives an easy way to check for poor insulation and fix the problem before it drains your bank account.

First, figure out what part of the windows drafts are coming from with an easy trick. Light a candle and carry it near the window. When the flame starts to flicker, you know there's air blowing nearby. Then, hang heavy curtains to help block the airflow.

Another inexpensive way to heat your home more efficiently is creating reflective insulation. All you need to do this is a piece of cardboard and some aluminum foil.

Watch the video above for more details on these easy and inexpensive ways to save energy.

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