Most of the basic’s have been previously covered when it come to winterizing your home, check out Part 1 and Part 2 if you haven’t already, however there are a few more ideas to consider. These are may be more extensive options that might further benefit from discussing them with your landlord, as your landlord might see the benefits and be willing to work with you in your winterizing.
Clean and new furnace filters are crucial to minimizing those heating bills. A landlord should provide you with a new filter on move in and then it becomes the tenants responsibility to maintain throughout the lease. Also making sure that both the water heater and pipes are both properly insulated as these are easy places for heat to escape.
A properly insulated water heater and pipes can allow you to turn down the temperature of the heater a few degrees but still have the same steamy showers you are accustom too. Wrapping the water heater in an insulation blanket and secure with duct tape for the season is easy enough. Just make sure that holes are left so all controls and dials are still accessible. Water pipes can be insulated using correctly sized foam tubing to help keeps those pipes from freezing during those cold snaps.
Smart thermometers are another way to help reduce the electricity bill. A smart thermometer digitally controls the heat and allows for custom settings, such as during the night or when the house is commonly vacant during the day. Accurate temperature controls and preset programs allows you to keep the house toasty when needed and cooler when not necessary. Therefore reducing your heating bill is done with no noticeable effect to your life.
The great thing about smart thermometers is that they are easily taken from residence to residence. So if your landlord is not willing to invest in a smart thermostat, you are able to take it with you when you leave. Just make sure to keep track of the old one and replace when vacating the property.
It’s important to make sure that garden hoses, gutters and BBQs are also prepared for the winter. Outside water hoses should be turned off and properly stored to prevent them from bursting with frozen water. Gutters should be cleaned of dead leaves and gunk to make sure that the winter runoff can drain properly. Frozen water stuck in the gutters causes them to get heavy and will result in the gutters being torn from the roof. BBQ’s should be covered and stored or at least placed under cover for those determined to grill year round.
Lastly, it’s smart to determine a snow removal plan and to discuss with your landlord whose responsibility this is if it is not already outlined in your lease. However, it’s always a good idea to have a shovel and plenty of de-icer on hand!