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 Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

  1. Seal gaps and cracks where air conditioned and heated air escape. Windows and doors are notorious for air leaks. Good products for this task include Great Stuff Window and Door insulating foam sealant and PLPolyurethane Window, Door and Siding Sealant or exterior, Polyseamseal All-Purpose Adhesive Caulk for interior.
  2. Other escape points include wall to ceiling joints, wall to floor joints and wall to wall joints. Polyseamseal All-Purpose Adhesive Caulk are great for indoor wall projects.
  3. Install a programmable thermostat.  According to the Department of Energy, a programmable thermostat can save five to thirty percent of your heating and cooling bill by automatically adjusting the thermostat setting at night or at times when your home is unoccupied, saving you about $100 per year. For the most versatility and energy savings potential, look for a programmable thermostat that has up to four programming day parts and programming options for weekdays and weekends.
  4. Speaking of your HVAC, make sure you clean your central heating system and replace the filter.
  5. Seal gaps and cracks around electrical outlets as this is an area thats often overlooked when it comes to air leaks.  Great Stuff Gaps & Cracks insulating foam sealant is perfect for this task.  
  6. Block drafts from entering under doors by using a rubber seal, such as Duck brand Adhesive Door Bottom Seal.   
  7. The average forced-air duct system loses about 30 percent of the energy produced by the furnace or air conditioner in the course of distributing air to the rooms. This energy loss can be reduced by sealing duct joints with products like Polyseamseal® Red High Temp Silicone or Polyseamseal® 100% Silicone Sealant.
  8. 30 percent of a homes heat escapes through windows, which translates into a 50-75 percent increase in fuel bills.  For an inexpensive way to insulate your windows, try Duck brands Roll-On Window Insulator Kit.  These kits are easy to install on a variety of window sizes with no measuring, and cover your windows with a transparent film to help keep warm air inside and cold air out.  
  9. Add insulation.  Insulation is designed to resist heat flow. Thus, if it is hot outside, insulation greatly reduces the amount of heat you can feel inside a house. By the same token, if it is cold outside, insulation helps keep the heat inside the house.  Johns Manville offers a complete line of Formaldehyde-Free Fiber Glass insulation that promotes better indoor air quality for you and your family. 
  10. Use fiberglass entry doors (like the ones made by Therma-Tru).  They offer five times the insulation of real wood.  And because they dont shrink, they virtually eliminate air infiltration problems. 
  11. Install compact fluorescent lighting: Lamps used more than two hours per day on average are good candidates for replacement with compact fluorescent lamps. The energy bill savings will more than pay for the extra cost of the lamps over their lifetime, and you will have to replace fewer lamps because fluorescent lamps last 10 times longer than ordinary light bulbs.  In addition, motion sensors or timers on outdoor lights can help reduce the electricity bill for these high-use lamps.
  12. Try installing low-flow shower heads for only about $20 apiece. Each one saves $40 a year if you have a gas water heater and $80 if you have an electric.  Lowering your water heater temperature by 10 degrees can save 10% on hot water bills.
  13. Be sure to close your dampers when youre not using your fireplace as air currents in the home increase when the damper is left open.
  14. Install a new garage door.  In addition to insulation, a steel garage door (like the Wayne Dalton model 9700) has a bottom weather seal that blocks drafts and helps save energy. It remains flexible to keep the bad weather outside.
  15. Caulk seams and cracks and replace any missing mortar on the exterior of your home. The perfect product for this job is PL Polyurethane Concrete & Masonry Sealant.
  16. Wrap your water heater and pipes: Putting an insulating wrap on your water heater can reduce your water heating costs. Water heater blankets usually cost $10-$20 and are available at hardware stores and home improvement centers.  Wrapping water pipes with prefabricated neoprene insulation will prevent the water temperature within pipes from dropping so radically, reducing the amount of energy needed to raise the water temperature and improving comfort.
  17. Replace windows: To save energy and make your home more comfortable, when replacing windows use windows with wood or vinyl frames, low-E glass, and argon gas between the panes of glass, which can save a significant amount of money on your energy bill.
  18. Try using a tankless water heater youll only pay for hot water when you need it.  Tankless systems (like the Rinnai Continuum) are up to 70% more efficient than traditional tanked water heaters and can cut annual water heating bills by 46%!!!

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