Check the Heat! Have an HVAC contractor come out to inspect your heating system. Have your system cleaned so that it remains efficient. Don’t forget to change filters if you have them as suggested, once per month.
Invest in a programmable thermostat. You could save well over $100.00 annually just by keeping your temperature (in the winter) no higher than 70 degrees while awake and changing it to 62 degrees while you sleep.
Think about checking your roof before the cold weather comes and don’t forget to clean the fall leaves and debris from gutters and drains.
Caulk your doors and windows. Check window glazing putty (this seals the glass into the window frame). Add weather stripping as needed around doors, garages, etc.
Divert water away from your home. Add extensions to downspouts so water runs at least 3 to 4 feet away from the foundation. Drain and then turn off exterior faucets and/or turn off the shut-off valve inside your home.
Using a lawn irrigation system? Consider having it professionally drained to help avoid freezing and leaky pipes come spring.
Lastly, and most importantly …
Don’t forget to check the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.