TIP OF THE WEEK

Winter weatherproofing

By making a few minor adjustments, homeowners can reduce the amount of wasted energy while staying comfortable during the chilly season.

Repair the roof. Inspect the roof to make sure shingles are in place to prevent water from seeping inside.

Dodge the drafts. Air leaks caused by cracks around windows and doors can enable warm air to escape and cold air to seep in.

Don’t forget the furnace. If your furnace is more than 15 years old, Lennox recommends upgrading to a high-efficiency system, which can save hundreds of dollars on utility costs.

Attend to the attic. If you are experiencing high heating bills and having difficulty keeping your home warm, it could be time to add additional insulation to the attic.

BATHROOM

Adding modern bathroom designs

A secluded bathroom is an ideal spot to experiment with modern designs without undergoing a major renovation. Below are a few tips from DeltaFaucet.com/InspiredLiving to add contemporary elements.

Accessorize simply: Choose simple and polished accessories that complement the aesthetic of the room. Incorporate sleek, angular towel bars or an elegant robe hook.

Add warmth: Incorporating softer materials such as a plush rug, textured bath towels or handwoven wicker baskets, will provide contrast to angular accents, bringing a sense of warmth and tranquility.

Engage your senses: To truly complete the modern look and feel of your bathroom, skip the traditional candle and consider adding elements such as an aromatherapy diffuser.

DECOR

Simplify holiday decorating

When it comes to the holiday season, opt for easier decorating with these tips from Kodak Moments and CVS.com:

Add a little color to your home. Sprigs of holly added to vases can bring a flora component to any room and infuse a seasonal dash of color.

Photo-friendly options. Check out photo panels that provide you a fun way to display your favorite family moments.

Put those extra ornaments to use. Place extra ornaments in bowls or on serving dishes and surround them with pine cones or pine branches. Then place them around your home as a festive accent.

FIRES

6 holiday safety tips

About 30 percent of all home fires and 38 percent of home fire deaths occur in December, January and February, reports the Electrical Safety Foundation International. Think about these best practices for keeping you and your family safer.

1. Have GFCI protection outdoors or anywhere electricity and water may come in contact.

2. When in bed, stash phones, computers and appliances elsewhere to rule out overheating.

3. Install an arc-fault circuit interrupter to protect your home from potentially danger power leaks, and add shutter-protected tamper-resistant receptacles that prevent curious children from inserting objects.

4. Monitor space heaters for overheating, sparking, tipping over and/or igniting combustibles.

5. Consider battery-operated instead of open-flame candles.

6. When decorating, check for loose or bare wires, cracked or damaged sockets, wobbly connections or other hazards.