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Did you know you could save up to 15 percent on heating and cooling costs by taking steps to weatherproof your house? Finding affordable ways to add insulation to or seal off parts of your home could be worth hundreds each year. Not to mention, you’ll be a lot more comfortable as well and won’t constantly be reaching for the heater or air conditioner.
Here are a few ways that you can start saving on your energy bill each year and make your home a more pleasant place to relax.
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Add Weather Stripping to Doors & Windows
If you go into a room that feels particularly drafty in the winter or hot in the summer, the culprits are most likely the doors and windows. In the winter, you can check for this by holding a candle up and seeing if it flickers when the door or window is completely shut. Sealing off these gaps between the ground or sill can help regulate the temperature in a room, keep energy bills low and also keep out excess moisture and dirt. You can find weather stripping at most hardware stores for under $20, and it only takes a few minutes to put into place. You can use door sweeps for exterior doors and a draft stop for windows.
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Seal Small Gaps with Caulk & Foam
You’ll need weather stripping if a part moves, but you can seal stationary gaps using caulk and foam — it’ll make a huge difference. A crack that’s 1/16 of an inch can have the impact of a window that’s open three inches, so it’s a worthwhile investment. It’s also good to check places in the wall, especially those around outlets, to see if there are any small gaps that could be letting excess air in. Both caulk and foam sealant can cost under $5, making it a super cheap way to make your home more weather-resistant.
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Check that Storm Windows Were Installed Correctly
Storm windows should efficiently seal off a room and make your electric bills go down, not up. If you suddenly see a rising bill, there might be something off with the installation of your windows. Check to make sure there are no new cracks or gaps that have appeared since the prior year. If there are, you can seal them with caulk or …….