Weatherproofing is an inexpensive way to save money on energy bills during the winter.
Even the tiniest cracks around windows, doors, light fixtures, electrical outlets and air ducts can let your home’s comfy heated air escape to the outdoors. That can add up to substantial heat loss.
Here’s how to avoid leaks by weatherproofing your house:
- Caulk throughout the house wherever walls meet floors or door frames and between the outside of the window frame and the siding. Choose caulk designed for the surface you’re caulking, and use a high-quality caulk, which will last longer.
- Apply weatherstripping to all exterior doors and windows. Weatherstripping is a thin piece of material that seals the gap between where the door or window meets the jamb. Self-sticking foam pieces are quick and easy to apply.
- Replace worn door sweeps on exterior doors to help prevent heat loss under the door.
- Seal windows with thin plastic sheets using an insulator kit. Shrinking the plastic film with a hair dryer ensures a smooth and tight seal.
Medina Electric’s members can use SmartHub, a free app/website, to see their daily energy use along with weather data. This may help you spot issues and determine where you can save even more energy and money. Learn more at MedinaEC.org/SH.
For more information on ways to save this winter, go to MedinaEC.org/Cold.