One of the best DIY projects to undertake as the weather cools is to seal any leaks in your home and add insulation to prevent heat — and the money it costs — from escaping. Depending on the home, sealing leaks can reduce energy costs by about 25%, Homelight says. Consider a home energy audit to examine your energy use room-by-room; many utility companies will perform one free of charge. Then, caulk cracks, add insulation and install weatherstripping to keep the warm air inside and the cold air outside for entire winter season. #CoolWeatherTips
No matter where you live in the U.S., chances are you’ll be swapping shorts and T-shirts for flannels, sweaters and jackets this month. That makes fall the best time to sort through your old clothing and eliminate anything that you haven’t worn for the last few seasons to streamline your closets and drawers. Turn the ones that can’t be repurposed into rages and contact ClothingDonations.org to make a donation. We’ll send a truck out to your location on the day you designate for a free, contactless #donation pickup — and get those extra items out of your way for good. #CoolWeatherProjects
People spend aobut 40% more time inside their homes during the winter months, so it’s worth the effort to pursue household improvement projects that will make the environment cleaner, cozier and more energy-efficient as the weather gets cooler. For example, you can concentrate on big projects such as insulating the roof, weatherstripping and furnace upkeep ahead of the worst winter weather, Homelight says, and paint interior and exterior walls while the temperatures are still compfortable enough to open windows for ventilation and/or dry quickly enough to provide protection. #FallProjects
As the weather turns cooler, you may be loking for projects that can make your home more cozy. One that Family Handyman suggests is to finsh your attic. This formerly unused space could easily be turned into a cozy nook or extra bedroom — and the natural tendency for heat to rise will make the most of your energy dollars. Smaller improvement projects to pursue might include painting, installing a new backsplash, cleaning a closet, reorganizing your kitchen cabinets and prepping your mudroom or entryway for the sloppy winter season, the story says. #FallProjects
Anywhere there are deciduous trees is a good location to see the fall colors. But every region has leafy spots that are particularly good for fall touring. In the Northeast, Travel & Leisure suggests Bar Harbor, Maine, the Catskills, and Stowe, Vt. In the Midwest, there’s the Wisconsin Dells, and the South has the Ozark National Forest. And in the West, Aspen, Colo., and the Columbia River Gorge are top options. Many of the country’s Scenic Byways are great for seeing the fall colors, too — so schedule a drive or a hike for an afternoon or weekend soon.