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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:

  • Town Line Hardware
  • Hollerbrook Builders
  • Napoli Construction
The Dude February 07, 2013 at 05:35 PM
The number one idea I had for saving money on my heating bill was to switch to natural gas. Unfortunately in Sudbury there is a monopoly supplier (National Grid) who told me it would cost me more than $30,000 for the privilege of becoming their customer. Has anyone else had this problem or have any suggestions? I desperately want to make the switch, but cannot justify that type of expense to pull the line which is located only 3 houses down the street! I have reached out to National Grid many times, but have had absolutely no luck appealing to them to even split the cost with me. If anyone had any suggestions or ideas, I'd be grateful! Thank you
Publius February 07, 2013 at 06:30 PM
I got about the same quote for them to run the line to my house. I've thought to ask my neighbors, but haven't done so yet. It certainly defeats any possible cost savings with that price tag.

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