Right now in Wyoming, its 43 degrees with a high of 51 (at the time of this writing). Even though it’s winter and weather is occasionally nice, you always need to be thinking about easy ways to save money. One of the easiest ways to do this is plug your house so that it doesn’t let heat out and cold air in (in the winter) and cold air out (and heat in) in the summer. These cheap tips are great for an empty weekend day or a holiday that you’ve got off work. They are simple, cheap and effective at saving energy and money.
Plug the Holes
There are a lot of places that energy can leak out of your house, one of them is around pipes and windows. Often, they have to cut a hole for the pipes and can’t get a tight fit – so there’s air seeping in and out of the hole. Head over to your local hardware store and buy a bottle of caulk to plug these holes. You don’t even need a caulking gun and a tube of caulk should cost around 3 bucks. Find the holes around the edges of pipes that go from the outside of your house to the inside. Once this is done, look for some gaps around the windows and caulk them up too.
Another easy fix is to stop the drafts behind the outlet plates and switches. You can get a few packs of these at the hardware store and they are fairly cheap. They are also very easy to install. Just take off the switch plate with a screwdriver and then put the foam piece behind them.
Once that is finished, you can head back over to the windows and cover them with plastic film. This will add another layer to the window, and stop the leaks that are coming through the window. All this takes is a blow dryer and some time to put up the plastic on the windows. If it’s nice outside (like it is today) you can do the inside and the outside. This is also a fairly inexpensive way to save some energy.
The last tip I’ve got is to stop the drafts around the door. You can get something off of tv that goes on both sides of the door and will block air coming in under the door. I just use a towel behind the door and move it when I have to open the door to get the mail.
You can easily use these four tips to save some money and energy this winter. Figure out the next day that you’ve got free, get the supplies and get started. Good luck with this project, and soon I’ll have some more easy tips for you.
Do you have any other tips or easy ways to save energy? What do you do in your home to keep your energy bills low in the winter?