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DIY Ways to Prep Your Property for Winter 

  • Install Heat Tape and Snowmelt Controls: Use timers other controls to reduce runtime and ensure operation only between the hours of 9am to 4pm daily.

  • Add Insulation to the Building Envelope: Add insulation to your space so you can use less heat to keep your customers and tenants warm and cozy without wasting energy.

  • Program Your Thermostats: Program your thermostat to match your business hours. For unoccupied buildings, turn down to 50 degrees to save energy while keeping pipes from freezing.

  • Seal Up Windows and Doors: Add weatherstrips or caulking around your windows and doors to prevent drafts and air leaks. If you see daylight around your doors, that means cold air can get in and heated air out – don’t pay to heat the outdoors!

  • Wrap Pipes: Insulate your pipes with pipe wrap to keep your pipes from freezing and also prevent heat loss so your equipment doesn’t have to run longer and/or harder than necessary.

  • Inspect HVAC Units: Check economizers are working, verify dampers are opening and closing properly and are not stuck in a stationary position to get the most out of your heating and cooling systems .

  • Check Your Work with Utilities’ Online Portals: Many utilities have interactive sites to review usage (Holy Cross EnergyXcel Energy). Log in to check if changes are paying off.


Nobody knows commercial spaces, restaurants and multi-family properties quiet like CORE’s Program Manager, Mike Bouchet. Connect with Mike for FREE energy assessments and advising to start your journey down the Path to Zero – zero wasted energy, zero carbon.

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Mike Bouchet

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