Green Tip #9: 3 Ways to Air Seal Your Home

Air loss in your home can cost you a ton of money.  We’ve discussed ways to deal with your heating recently and we want to point out that you need to foam insert reduce air draftmake your home air tight to ensure you don’t lose heat.  Here are 3 ways you can air seal your home:

  1. Insulation.  We discussed this here.  No brainer really.  Costs some money but pays off in savings over time.
  2. Re-caulk windows and doors.  Caulking lasts for a while but eventually it gets old and loses it’s ability to stop air flow.  We recommend you re-caulk every 5 years.
  3. Install foam inserts into plug outlets and light switches.  The product is a sort of Styrofoam which is designed to fit behind the plates that cover your switches and plugs.  Electrical boxes allow air circulation which means that you can lose heat through them.

The last 2 tips won’t cost you much at all.  Caulking can be found for $2-$4 and the foam inserts are sold in bulk for a few bucks.  These are great ways to be frugal and save money / energy.

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