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Nov 19 2019

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Tips for Heating Your Garage – The Garage Plan Shop

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A garage isn’t just a garage any more.  For many of us, this space doubles as an exercise room, workshop or hobby room.  If you are frozen out of your garage in the winter, here a few tips to consider:

  1. Insulate and finish the walls and ceiling just as you would any other room in your home.  Insulation can also be installed on some types of overhead doors. 
  2. If you have windows, make sure they are sealed and install shades or blinds to help insulate against cold air when the sun isn’t shining.
  3. Consider a heat source.  You may be able to tie into the existing system in your home or rely on a portable heater powered by electricity or propane.  There are systems that even heat from ceiling panels.  Perhaps a wood burning stove could fit the bill if space and local codes allow. 

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Oct 16 2019

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Saving Money on Your Heating and Electric Bills – The Garage Plan Shop

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Do you want to save money on your heating and electric bills this winter? Check out these tips.

Saving money on your heating bills in the winter always starts with safety. Have your furnace inspected, cleaned and serviced before cold weather arrives. The same goes for your chimney and fireplace or wood stove if you are using one.

Make your home as airtight as possible by sealing leaks around windows and doors.  Install shades and draperies to insulate windows.

A tapestry or blanket hung on a bedroom wall will help take the chill off an outside wall. 

Turning down the thermostat will save 1% for every degree it is lowered over an eight-hour period.

Shut off rooms or attic spaces that are not used often and consider a space heater for the area where the family gathers in the evening.

A humidifier will make lower temperatures more comfortable. 

Use cold water for laundry.

Use LED lights for holiday decorations.

Don’t forget to install fresh batteries in the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and if you ever smell a rotten egg odor leave your house immediately and call your natural gas provider from another location.    

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