Weatherization is one of the easiest ways to make your home more energy efficient. By making sure your home is sealed properly and that you’re not wasting water, you can drive down your heating costs.
If you’re looking for ways to get started weatherizing your home, the list of items below is a good place to start.
Place caulk or foam between the electrical box and drywall on switches and outlets located on exterior walls. Then place these foam gaskets behind the plates for a good, airtight seal.
Child Safety Caps
Promote energy conservation and child safety by keeping drafts and your child’s favorite toys away from unoccupied electrical outlets.
If you have an attic access located within your home, make sure the access door is insulated and seals tight, much like a refrigerator. Use weather-stripping and screen door latches to get a snug seal.
Caulk is best for gaps and cracks less than about ¼” wide. If the caulked joint will be visible, consider using paintable caulk. Use a high-quality caulk to ensure durability and longevity.
Window Insulator Kit
Seals windows airtight, eliminates condensation, cold drafts and heat loss. The kit contains enough plastic shrink film and two-way tape to cover four average size windows. Use tape to hold the plastic film in place and then use a hair dryer to shrink film to form a smooth, tight finish inside a storm window.
Low Flow Shower Head and Sink Aerator
A family of four each showering five minutes a day can use about 700 gallons of water per week. Water conserving showerheads and faucet aerators can cut hot water use in half, saving that family 14,000 gallons of water a year.
Insulated pipes keep the hot water that exists in the pipes warmer, meaning you won’t have to wait as long for hot water - reducing waste.
Water Heater Jacket Cover
A water heater jacket can knock up to 15% off of the costs of heating water by preventing energy loss.
Silicone caulk helps fill cracks and gaps where air can enter or escape your home.
Toilet Tank Displacement Device
Control the amount of water used to flush your toilet, saving hundreds of gallons of water per year.
Foundation Vent Cover
Help keep cold air out of your basement or crawl space by covering vents during the winter. Foundation vents help keep your floors warmer and ultimately your heating bills down.
Shower Head On/Off Switch
Turn off or lower the flow of your shower when you need less. Perfect for reducing water waste when shaving.`
The insulation R-value you need depends on the climate and your heating and cooling system, but the higher the R-value, the greater the insulating effectiveness.