There are many ways of improving the comfort level inside your home and saving on energy costs at the same time. One way to achieve this goal is to use different insulation options that require only minimal work and investment.
Here are some simple insulation tips that can help you lower your energy bills:
- Weather stripping – Weather stripping involves the sealing of cracks around doors and windows. Several products can be used to seal cracks, such as felt, v-strips, and foam tape. All of these materials are inexpensive and have similar crack-sealing properties. They can be purchased from your local hardware store.
- Programmable thermostat – The use of a programmable thermostat at home can lead to big savings. Why spend money to heat or cool your house to optimal levels at times when no one is there to enjoy it?
- Water heater insulation – Installing a customized jacket around your water heater will help keep your water piping hot. Heat and energy can be lost through the walls of the water heater.
- Outlet insulation – Cold air from the outside of the house can seep through the smallest of gaps in the wall, including electrical outlets. There are pre-cut insulators that fit electrical outlets. They can be installed by unscrewing the outlet cover and applying the foam. The electrical outlet will be thoroughly sealed the moment you screw the outlet cover back in place.
- Do-it-yourself attic insulation with blower – Your home will lose a lot of heat if the attic is not fully insulated. You can add insulation by using a Krendl Insulation Machine, which you can rent from your local home improvement store.
- Fireplace cover – The traditional fireplace in a house is old technology. While it aims to provide heat, cold air may come in through the chimney. Many homeowners don’t use their fireplaces at all—except as decorative flourishes. When not in use, the fireplace flue must be kept closed. You can also put a decorative slate over the fireplace opening.
Making a few simple adjustments on the home front can lead to considerable savings over time.