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Simple ways to keep homes warmer in winter.The first snow of 2016 has finally made its appearance and with the beautiful change in scenery come the cold drafts and chilly blasts of winter. After a day on the slopes, a morning on the sled hill or even a quick walk through the neighborhood, there’s nothing quite as special as the comforting warmth of home.
Like many of the homebuilders in our cozy South Jordan community, Daybreak builder Garbett focuses specifically on energy efficiency to guarantee toasty toes all season long.
Garbett’s new homes are constructed using the very latest in energy efficient building practices. Their very popular Solaris collection is twice as efficient as the typical new home—saving homeowners up to 60% on monthly energy bills (assuming they keep the thermostat at a reasonable level and remember to turn off the lights).
How? Better insulation. Thanks to blown-in fiber (that’s also non-flammable, non-settling and made of 60% recycled glass and sand), advanced framing with thicker exterior walls and fewer spacing studs (saving 20% less lumber), and an air-tight building envelope around the holes created by things like plumbing pipes and electrical, Garbett homes stay warmer for less.
Saving some green – and the planet – is all a part of planning. Visit the Solaris model home at our Brightdoor Gallery to experience efficiency at its most beautiful. (Or, check out this move-in ready 3 bedroom in Creekside Village.)
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Looking for a few ideas to keep the warmth in your home this winter?
Plan around these easy DIY options for bumping up your home’s insulation…
 
1.Curtains
Thick curtains are a quick and inexpensive way to protect your home from losing heat. Choose sturdy options with a thermal lining and consider stylish ways to incorporate them over windows and doors.
2. Sunlight
While thicker curtains are optimal for retaining heat when it’s dark, it’s also important to use as much natural heat as possible. Keep all window shades and curtains open during the day to maximize your home’s exposure to the sun. Close all curtains at dusk.
3. Floors
Believe it or not, bare floors can account for as much as 10% of heat loss if they’re not insulated. Invest in quality carpeting or area rugs to help mitigate the problem and make sure any cracks or gaps in the flooring are repaired with a silicone-based filler.