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Easy project: Block drafts to save

Get a jump on winter, and stay cooler now, with low-cost weatherization steps that save energy and money.

Problem: Air leaks waste a surprising amount of energy as heated or cooled air escapes your home. They can also make your home drafty and uncomfortable.

Solution: Grab simple, low-cost supplies, and seal those leaks. Not an experienced do-it-yourselfer? Find easy how-to videos online, or ask for advice at the hardware store when you buy supplies.

  • Install weatherstripping and door sweeps on exterior doors.
  • Outside, use caulk and a caulking gun to seal along the seams where window frames meet the siding.
  • Use a can of expanding spray foam to seal openings where plumbing pipes exit walls.
  • Install insulating gaskets behind electrical outlet and light switch plates.
  • When the weather turns cooler, install rope caulk (also called cord weatherstripping) along the frames of windows that don’t seal tightly. This non-hardening putty comes in a coil. Simply pull off a strip and press into place, then remove it in the spring.

See Weatherization & Windows to learn more.