Got Chills? Cheap, Easy Ways to Winterize Your Home and Save Money

Stop leaks and drafts, and save big.

ByABC News via GMA logo
November 1, 2010, 11:04 PM

Nov. 2, 2010— -- It's cold outside. Is your home ready for the coming winter?

Drafts in your home can be annoying, but they can also make your energy costs soar.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, reducing drafts in your home can lower your energy costs from 5 to 30 percent.

Wall Street Journal columnist Wendy Bounds appeared today on "Good Morning America" to talk about cheap, easy ways to winterize your home and save yourself some money.

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If a draft is near a thermostat, it can cause the thermostat to actually turn on your furnace when it's not necessary. Bounds said she likes and uses double-sided draft stoppers like the Twin Draft Guard.

The products work on doors and many windows. Bound said you can cut the length of foam to fit your door or window and then slide it underneath the frame. The product has a draft guard on either side, and you can use it on most doors as long as the threshold doesn't prevent you from closing it.

Price: $11 at; $10 at Walgreens or Target.

You can also stop smaller leaks around windows with some DIY caulking. There are some new products to make the job easy and affordable.

For example, the brand new Practecol Door and Window all-in-one caulk kit, currently available at Target, features a 6-ounce tube of water-resistant, paintable caulk that is suitable for indoor and outdoor use with an easy-to-use applicator tool built into the cap.

The tube contains enough caulking for numerous small repairs or for doing one entire door or window, Bounds said.

Price: $4.99 at Target

Larger jobs may require more caulk. Groov, a new product from GE, is good even for those who have no caulking skills. It performs like silicone, so it doesn't shrink or crack, but it can be painted within 30 minutes of application, Bounds said.

It's less sticky that most caulks, so it doesn't get caught on fingers and hands.

Price: About $8; available at most major home improvement retailers