Energy Saving Tips
38% of home energy dollars go right out the window – literally. Dozens of small holes and cracks around the home allow air leakage and cause the bulk of energy loss. In fact, adding up all the holes in the average home results in a giant 5’ hole in the wall! That’s the same as keeping a door open all winter.
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Most homes have inadequate insulation, and all those wires, pipes and ducts running through the walls let cold air in, and warm air out. With a 400% increase in energy costs over the past decade, it only makes sense to seal those gaps. Touch ‘n Foam insulating sealants offer an ideal solution for reducing the monthly sticker shock.
Start with the easiest fix around. Pick-up a can of Touch ‘n Foam MaxFill at your local dealer and use it to fill the holes, cracks and gaps throughout your home. Here’s where to find those gaps:
- Gapping baseboards
- Window & door frames
- Around electrical junction boxes (not inside them!)
- Wire and pipe penetrations
- Air, heating and dryer vents
- Pipe and duct penetrations
- Plumbing stacks and shafts
- Wall cracks
- Along the sillplate and floor/wall junction
- At the bottom of your siding edge, where it meets the foundation
- Electric, gas and A/C penetrations
- Along garage ceiling and wall joints
- Dryer vents
Some other ideas for reducing your energy consumption include:
- Change furnace filters regularly, preferably every 2 months.
- Install a programmable thermostat.
- Use compact florescent light bulbs. They’re pricier, but will actually pay for themselves over the life span. That’s free lighting!
- Vacuum registers and vents regularly.
- Open curtains and blinds in the day to take advantage of the sun’s natural warmth, but be sure to close them at night.
- Unplug appliances, phone chargers, etc. when not in use. They consume energy even when you aren’t using them. Power strips can be helpful for “unplugging” multiple items at once.
- Replace the seal on your refrigerator/freezer. Close a dollar bill in the door. If you can easily pull it out, it’s time to replace the seal.
- When you replace appliances or remodel, look for Energy Star qualified products. They may use half the energy of non-qualified products.
- If you remodel, don’t just insulate – AIR-SEAL.
Many energy saving home improvement products are eligible for a tax deduction, including foam insulation. Visit www.energystar.gov for more information.