Sealing Uncontrolled Air Leaks
Feb 07, 2023 / by ASkalmusky
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NEEF teamed up with the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) to develop and distribute environmental education materials on residential energy efficiency, energy upgrades, and renewable energy.

Drafty, energy-inefficient homes can seem perfectly fine when conditions are moderate, and many homeowners don’t think much about doing a home energy upgrade despite the many health, comfort, and financial benefits. But improved home energy performance can jump to the top of the priority list during a heat wave or a cold snap, during a power outage, or when the prices of home heating fuels soar.

Where’s the best place to start? Improving your home’s insulation and sealing any drafts are great solutions to maximizing energy savings before making any equipment upgrades according to experts.

  • Seal gaps around windows and doors with caulk or weather stripping to keep the cold air out.
  • Add insulation to your attic and/or walls to save up to 30% on winter heating costs. You can even insulate your water heater tank and hot water pipes to save money on your water heating bills.
  • Purchase a programmable thermostat to help maintain a comfortable and consistent temperature in your home while saving energy and money.  

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