Home Depot shows how window plastic, spray insulation save you money
Spray insulation can fill small gaps and eliminate drafts
These go under doors to block cold air
Electrical outlet boxes can be replaced to insulate against drafts
Covering outside faucets can keep them from freezing
Twenty percent of a home's heat loss can be due to insulation and wall penetrations that need to be repaired. The Home Depot's Scott Krueger and Joe Autry show the best way to save money on your heating bills this winter.
Plastic on windows and adding insulation covers to light switches and plug covers can eliminate drafts. And they show the easy way to apply plastic sheets to your windows to reduce cold seeping in.
Homes, whether new or old, often have cracks and openings around doors and windows. These gaps are a major source of heat loss and can account for up to one-third of your home's overall heating cost. They suggest applying caulk and weather stripping.
Here's an easy way to detect leaks around doors and windows in your home:
On a windy day, turn off your A/C unit and close all the doors and windows. Turn on any bath fans and stove vents in your home. Then light a stick of incense and pass it along the edges of your doors and windows. Wherever the smoke is sucked out or blown into the room, there's a leak.