Residents urged to winterize their home to prevent costly energy loss

Display at Lowe's Home Improvement encouraging shoppers to insulate their pipes.
Display at Lowe's Home Improvement encouraging shoppers to insulate their pipes.

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The people at Lowe's Home Improvement are helping homeowners reduce costly heat loss through this chilly season.

Temperatures continue to fall across the Pine Belt and that often means higher utility bills. While some increase is expected, many homeowners are unaware of the money that could be literally flowing out the door. Drafty windows and doors, un-insulated pipes, and poor home insulation all lead to extra heating costs each winter. Freezing temperatures also bring the threat of frozen pipes, but there are a variety of options to help homeowners prevent these winter time woes.

One of the easiest things homeowners can do to prevent freezing pipes and wasteful heat loss on hot pipes is to purchase pipe insulation. Sales Specialist George Knox at Lowe's Home Improvement says for as little as twenty dollars you can purchase enough insulation to cover your exposed outside pipes.

"If you insulate them, then you don't have to worry about losing energy as far as that because your pipes will continue to flow and no pipes burst. Because when a pipe bursts it may be three to four days before you realize that pipe burst because your water may be working normally inside the house, but when you get that water bill you will be in for a rude awakening," says Knox.

Another common way for heat to escape is through drafty windows and doors. Purchasing door and window drafts can make for a more comfortable home while also saving significant money on your heating bill.

"Door drafts and window drafts that we sell that you can put there. So if your window has cracks in it you can actually mount this at the bottom and it seals it so you can keep cold air from getting in or your heat from getting out." says Know.

In a tough economy where residents are cutting back anywhere they can, Sales Specialist George Knox says homeowners could see hundreds of dollars put back into their pockets each year.