Winter is a magical season, filled with wonderment, festive holidays and, if you’re lucky, the joy of playing in the snow.

This time of year can also be tough on our homes and gardens, as the biting cold and harsh conditions test their resilience. But with a bit of preparation, you can shield them from winter’s challenges while saving on energy bills and promoting a more sustainable lifestyle.

Why Should You Winterize?

Preparing your home for winter means keeping the warmth in and the cold out. By doing so, you save money on your bills, enhance the efficiency and longevity of your HVAC system, and even protect your plumbing. It can also reduce the chances of needing expensive repairs. Winterizing your home will ensure a cozy environment during the coldest months of the year – all while decreasing your carbon footprint.

For the green thumbs among us, winterizing ensures your garden remains fertile and free from pests come spring. This saves you from spending on new soil and fertilizers. Whether your garden is a source of fresh produce or simply a peaceful retreat, preparing it for winter lays the foundation for a flourishing spring growing season.

Winterizing Tips


  • Give Your HVAC a Checkup: Schedule a tune-up for your heating system and replace its filter. This simple act can prevent unexpected breakdowns on the coldest nights.
  • Weatherstrip Windows, Doors and More: Drafts are notorious energy wasters. Seal the cracks and gaps around windows and doors to prevent heat escape. But don’t stop there: You should also check your basement foundations, outdoor spigots and any gaps that you might find. Products from Great Stuff are a great place to start to do any repairs. By ensuring your HVAC doesn’t have to work overtime, you’ll save a ton on energy consumption.
  • Insulate: Insulation acts as a barrier to cold, safeguarding your home’s warmth. Ensure your pipes and water heater are all insulated properly. The Home Depot has multiple sizes of pipe insulation and water heater blankets for your use. These will not only keep warmth in your home, but also prevent plumbing mishaps like burst pipes.
    • Don’t forget to insulate your attic, too! Check our article for tips on keeping drafts out of your attic. With help from ENERGY STAR® , all you need is a ruler or tape measure to get started.
  • Gutter Cleanup: Make sure all of autumn’s leaves are gone before the coldest and wettest parts of the year. Clearing your gutters of debris will prevent heavy ice blockages that can wreak havoc on your home’s structure and roof. Luckily, we’ve got all the tools you need to clean out your gutters.


  • Clear Debris: Rather than waiting for spring, make sure you remove dead plants and weeds now. This keeps pests at bay, preventing them from making your garden their winter retreat.
  • Watering: Before the first freeze of the season, give your garden a thorough watering to ensure adequate moisture retention throughout the colder months.
  • Mulch: Think of mulch as your garden’s snug winter jacket. It protects plants’ root systems from extreme cold and aids in moisture retention.
  • Plant Protection: In milder climates where occasional frost is a concern, use garbage bags or repurposed sheets/blankets to shield your plant babies. For saplings or young trees, consider using tree wrap or plant covers to offer added protection.

As the old saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, and winterizing your home and garden does just that. It’s an upfront effort that leads to long-term rewards: reduced bills, a spring-ready garden and a step towards more sustainable living. Here’s to a warm winter. Stay cozy out there!