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.  

bonarmike February 28, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Great tips you have shared with us, i get insulation installed in my home few months ago, and i did feel after installing it more comfortable. It's really a great way for saving energy also. many Thanks for sharing this great post. www.insulationmachines.net
Billy L February 28, 2013 at 06:00 PM
Great tips! I will issue one word of caution since I did a lot of research on the subject. If you happen to be doing a reno and have open walls and ceilings use bat insulation. DO NOT get suckered into the whole "blown insulation" concept that some companies offer. They drill holes in between each bay and fill the void usually with foam or blown cellulose. If you do it with foam, the results are better but the cellulose will sink down over time and lose its effective. For the price some of the companies charge and the reduced effectiveness over time it would actually in some cases be CHEAPER to pay for the extra fuel for more heat.
Pattie March 27, 2013 at 10:26 AM
has anyone done the blown-in insulation?


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