SealYourHome.info tells us that on average you can save up to 20% on your heating and cooling bills by properly sealing and insulating your home.
With a little time, effort & a few dollars towards caulking you can save money, stay cozy all winter and be proud that you have an energy efficient house.
And the great thing is it’s something you can do yourself. No pros needed once you have the right information.
So let’s get started.
Find the Culprits
The building envelope includes the parts of your house that separate the outdoors from the indoors such as exterior walls, roof, foundation, windows & doors. This building envelope requires regular inspection and maintenance to work properly, just like your car.
Gaps that leave an incomplete building envelope can be found in every room in the home, like around window and door frames, electrical and gas service entrances, outdoor water faucets, where dryer vents or cable lines pass through foundation walls, and where basement walls meet the ceiling or floor.
Checking for air leaks will help you discover problem areas throughout your home. This is very easy to do yourself.
First, print these step by step instructions to take with you as you check your home for air leaks. (Print button is in the top-right corner.)
You will also need:
- A ladder
- Access to basement areas
- A good flashlight
- Incense sticks
- Pencil (so can write at any angle) & the above instructions
Follow the instructions you printed, and check both the interior and exterior parts of the building envelope in each room of your house. If you find there is an air leak, write it down on the back of the instruction paper so you’ll be able to assess what products you’ll need to fix the issues.
Air Sealing Your House
- Sealing around pipes & vents
- How to caulk windows
- How to caulk exterior doors
- How to seal cornerboards on exterior trim
Keep Track of How Much Money You Save!
You will need your home’s last 12 months of utility bills (usually found in the 12 month summary provided on your bill or through a Green Button file.)
Print off the results of your evaluation and file it for reference next fall with the receipts for your caulking so you’ll be able to compare your savings to your costs.
When you do your home energy assessment again next year, you’ll be able to see exactly how much money you saved by air sealing your house.
Stop drafts, prepare your house for winter & save money. It’s win/win – and easy to do yourself.
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