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It's almost winter in Alberta, which means it's time to make a few repairs to make your home more energy efficient and prepared.

Follow this checklist on how to winterize your home so you're all set when the really cold weather hit!

Weatherstrip your doors and windows

Purchase draft stoppers online or make your own to prevent cold air from seeping into your home, making your furnace work harder than it needs to. You can also caulk around windows and replace weatherstripping on doors that you can see light shining through around the edges.

Add double- or triple-pane windows

Replace your less energy-efficient windows with double or triple-pane ones to improve energy efficiency all around your home.

Clean your furnace filters

Dirty filters actually increase energy demand by restricting airflow. Now's the time to replace or clean them.

Run your ceiling fan clockwise

In the summer, a counterclockwise fan helps keep your home cooler. In the winter, switch it to clockwise so the fan blades push warmer air to the ground – keeping your heating bill down.

Check or replace your insulation

Insulation can wear down over time. Check your attic, crawl space and basement to see if you need to add more or replace it.

Get a programmable thermostat

Turn down your heat by 10 degrees when you're not home and when you're sleeping – this can be done automatically with a programmable thermostat or a smart thermostat like Nest that you can control anywhere, anytime from your smartphone.

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