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My Energy Journey – Week 5

By Mary Ripley on  August 17, 2017

Summer is the perfect time to patch up all the air leaks and insulate your home; the weather is comfortable and it’s easier to get to all those hard-to-reach places that might be covered in the winter.

This week, I took a field trip to the hardware store to purchase a thermal leak detector. I found out very quickly that, besides the weather strip on the bottom of the front door, I didn’t have a clue about how to get started. So I decided to do a little bit of online research, which led me to a couple important tips related to air leaks and insulation. So here we go:

Tip #1 – Seal air leaks before you insulate. Insulation itself will not block leaks; they need to be sealed using caulk, foam sealer or weather stripping.  (Yes, the same stuff I need to replace on the bottom of my door!)

Tip #2 – Take a look around the outside of your house. Find all of these:

  • Faucets
  • Air vents
  • Dryer vents

Now look around the inside of your house:

  • Gaps around windows and baseboards
  • Seal air leaks around fireplace chimneys, furnaces, and gas-fired water heater vents
  • Check and seal around where plumbing, ducting or electrical wiring comes through walls, floors, ceilings, and soffits over cabinets.

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This is just the tip of the iceberg, but I am checking them all out. I sure don’t want pay to heat the outdoors in the winter or pay to let out the nice, cool air conditioning in the summer! How many times have you heard your mother tell you to shut that door?

How about an insulation quiz/tip?

Where are the top five places to add insulation?

Answer:

  1. Attic
  2. Walls
  3. Floors
  4. Basement
  5. Crawlspace

Next week, it’s time for a little vacation. But don’t worry, we’ll still have some great energy-saving advice if you’re taking a trip!

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