Save Energy, Money By Insulating Your Home

Sealing windows and adding insulation to your home can take as much as 30 percent off your heating bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Time is money, the old adage goes, but so is a well-winterized house. Stopping air leakages can take as much as 30 percent off your heating bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Check out these three tips for closing up air leaks around your home:

  1. First, do an energy audit of your house, keeping an eye out for the trouble spots. Windows and doors are obvious places to check, but also look at things like wall outlets and switches, plumbing vents and the attic hatch for leakage. Swaying curtains and light under your doors are sure signs, but you can find less obvious air leaks by using an infrared thermometer to check for temperature variations. Or use a lighted candle (carefully). If the flame moves, air is coming in.
  2. Seal the outside of windows with a good quality silicone caulk; use rope caulk on the inside (it can be removed in the spring). Or cover windows with a transparent film, using a hair dryer for adhesion. Other air leaks can be sealed with caulk or self-adhesive weather stripping.  
  3. Installing insulation yourself is not easy, but if you have an older home, chances are you need to add more. If the insulation is level with or below the floor joists, you should add more, according to Energy Star, a joint program of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy.  

Here is a list of local places and resources where you can find supplies and advice for insulating your home:

  • Green with Envy, on Stryker Lane, offers many products and services aimed at making your home healthier.
  • Mr. Handyman can help with insulation and other household projects.

Do-it-yourselfers can get all the supplies and materials they need at Lowe's, in the Hillsborough Promenade.

NKS February 05, 2013 at 02:05 PM
Great ideas! We had our home air sealed and added extra insulation about five years ago. Our heating and cooling costs went down about 25%. It saves money and reduces your carbon footprint.
Steve February 05, 2013 at 02:54 PM
Had our home air sealed and additional insulation added last year, in addition to saving on energy cost the house is more comfortable as well.


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