Procrastinator’s guide to saving energy this winter

It’s not too late to save energy this winter. And since you’ve already endured some cold weather, you’ll really appreciate the savings on your energy bill and the comfort in your home.

Key Points

  • If you’ve procrastinated on your energy-efficiency projects, it’s not too late.
  • We still have cold months ahead, so you can still enjoy the energy savings.
  • A few simple projects will make a big difference for your energy costs and comfort of your home.

Does your annual holiday card say Happy Valentine’s Day?

Does your accountant see you every April 14?

Did you go to Target on Dec. 24?

Then it might be safe to say you tend to procrastinate.

No judgement here.

Instead of feeling bad about that procrastination, here’s a guide to use it to your advantage.

It’s not too late to save energy this winter. And since you’ve already endured some cold weather, you’ll really appreciate the savings on your energy bill and the comfort in your home.

Here are a few things even a procrastinator can achieve:

Let the sunshine in — Open your curtains during the day to let the sun naturally add some heat to your home, and then close them at night to help with any cold drafts.

Seal your windows Consider weatherizing your windows with plastic film. Just doing this on a few select windows can make a big difference on your utility costs. Here’s a quick tutorial. The guy in this video is so excited about weatherizing windows, it will inspire even the biggest procrastinators to get the job done.

Stop the leaksFind out where your house might be letting valuable warm are out and cold air in, and caulk it up. Common culprits are around your door, chimney, and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and cabinets. There are several different types of caulk (yeah, who knew?), but thankfully energy.gov offers a nice chart to help you decide which one to buy. Don’t procrastinate on this step; it’s best to caulk before the cold comes (above 45 degrees is best) so the caulk will set and adhere to the surfaces.

Pamper your heater — Replace your filter so it doesn’t have to work so hard to circulate all that hot air.


Sarah FolslandSarah is mom to the two cutest little girls in the world. Before choosing to make changing diapers and reading bed time stories her full time gig, she earned a degree in political science from The University of South Dakota, worked in the governor’s office as a policy analyst and dabbled in communications at her local utility. Follow Sarah on Twitter @EnergyMommy.

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