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Courtesy of Tom & Tracey Capuano with Pillar to Post Home Inspections:
Here are some simple fixes that can cut your energy usage - and bills - by up to 40%!
at all exterior wall outlets by unscrewing the plates and peaking
underneath. If there's no insulation, they're likely letting in cold
air. Head to the hardware store. Pick up foam insulation specially made
for outlets. Just cut to size, insert in the outlet and re-cover.
back any curtains or blinds, then hold a lit candle near the window
frame. Any flickering of the flame is a sign of draft. Calk away any
leaks. There's no need to be an expert handyman or buy tools you'll
hardly use. Instead use rope caulk (available in hardware stores). It
comes in cords, and all you need to do is unroll and press in place
around window edges.
Have a wider entrance or sliding door?
until nighttime, shut off your interior lights, head outside and have a
helper inside shine a flashlight around the door frame. See a lot of
light? You've got a leak. To cut down on drafts simply fill old tube
socks with uncooked rice, tie the end off with some string and rest
against the bottom of the door.
off one leg from an old pair of pants, stuff with the remaining fabric,
tie both ends shut and place it at the bottom of the door. For the
sides, buy some inexpensive foam tape weather-stripping: simply apply
the adhesive backing to the inside of the doorjamb and put a stop to
leaks in seconds.
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