Weatherizing Your Home


Warm air leaking into your home in summer and out of your home in winter can waste a lot of energy. Often the effect of small leaks is the same as keeping a door wide open. Insulating your home is like wrapping your house in a nice warm blanket, but air can still leak in or out through small cracks. You can reduce heating and cooling needs  - and save 10% on costs - by investing in insulation and weatherization products. 

  • Caulk, Seal, and Weatherstrip: One of the easiest money-saving measures you can take is to caulk, seal, and weather-strip cracks around your windows and doors. Electric wall plugs and switches can also let cold air in, but can be sealed with pre-cut foam gaskets that fit behind the plate.  Learn more from the Department of Energy.
  • Insulate: Warm air can be lost before reaching your home’s register if ducts in unheated areas such as crawlspaces and attics are not properly insulated.  By sealing and insulating the ducts in your heating system, you can improve efficiency by as much as 20%. Heating pipes and water heaters are also prime candidates for insulation. 

Learn more at the Alliance to Save Energy.