If you haven’t already ordered our hottest book, Best Green Home Projects by Brenda K. Cross, we’re here to share another home weatherization tip to encourage you to buy it now and start saving your “green” by living greener than ever before.
Sometimes, life hands us issues that are beyond our control to change. Unemployment, loss of a loved one, natural disasters—they happen, and we are powerless to intervene to alter the course of events. Most of us feel more comfortable behind the wheel, controlling outcomes and choosing our own paths. We don’t gravitate towards variables—we like a sure thing.
One thing you can regain control over is the energy and money that is being lost through your home’s air leaks. Best Green Home Projects will provide you with step-by-step instructions on eight simple projects to reduce the air flow in and out of your home:
1. Leak Proof Your Outlets
2. Caulk It! Inside Windows
3. Caulk It! Outside Windows
4. Plexi-It! Your Non-Opening Windows
5. Strip It! Your Outside Doors
6. Strip It! Basement and/or Attic Doors
7. Foiling Your Duct Leaks
Let’s focus on leak proofing your outlets. Outlets on inside walls don’t pose a problem, but hold your hand up to your outside wall outlets on a windy day, and you might be surprised at the flow of air you will feel. If you’re uncertain, hold a smoke source near the outlet to observe whether or not it begins to flow horizontally. It’s estimated that most homes experience 2 – 4% of their air leakage through wall outlets, and it’s one of the easiest and cheapest problems to remedy.
Not a tool person? All you need is one small flat head screwdriver and one or two packs of foam outlet insulators (one for light switches and the other for wall outlets). This simple project can be tackled in one hour or less. The most important thing to remember is to turn off the power to the switch you’re working on. Caffeine provides most of us with an adequate “jolt”—we don’t need electricity to do it! While the book details effortless instructions in both words and pictorial representations, it’s essentially this straightforward:
• Remove outlet covers
• Remove perforated cut-outs from foam insulators
• Place insulator over outlet
• Replace cover
The end! While you have the covers off, this is a good time to clean or replace them. Since the standard plastic variety only costs $0.25 to $0.50 each, your investment is minimal while your gains in reduced energy costs are substantial over time.
For more free tips on saving money through simple home weatherization projects outlined in Best Green Home Projects, visit http://www.cuturenergycosts.com and stay in the driver’s seat!