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Save Energy, Money By Insulating Your Home

Sealing windows and adding insulation to your home can take as much as 30 percent off your heating bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Time is money, the old adage goes, but so is a well-winterized house. Stopping air leakages can take as much as 30 percent off your heating bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Check out these three tips for closing up air leaks around your home:

  1. First, do an energy audit of your house, keeping an eye out for the trouble spots. Windows and doors are obvious places to check, but also look at things like wall outlets and switches, plumbing vents and the attic hatch for leakage. Swaying curtains and light under your doors are sure signs, but you can find less obvious air leaks by using an infrared thermometer to check for temperature variations. Or use a lighted candle (carefully). If the flame moves, air is coming in.
  2. Seal the outside of windows with a good quality silicone caulk; use rope caulk on the inside (it can be removed in the spring). Or cover windows with a transparent film, using a hair dryer for adhesion. Other air leaks can be sealed with caulk or self-adhesive weather stripping.  
  3. Installing insulation yourself is not easy, but if you have an older home, chances are you need to add more. If the insulation is level with or below the floor joists, you should add more, according to Energy Star, a joint program of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy.

Here are some local Napa Valley resources for making your home more energy efficient:

Home Depot

Taylor Drywall Repairs and Additions

Home Roofing Company

Cooney & Co.

Forbes & Son Construction

John L. Thompson General Contractor

Pridmore Brothers Construction

American Window Systems

Many more are available in our Napa Valley Patch Directory under the search term "Home Repairs." To access those pages, click here.

Or, if you are a local business that offers service and installation of insulating materials, please post a note in the comments section with your contact information.

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Lisa Batto February 08, 2013 at 03:59 PM
Don't forget that Energy Audits should be performed by a professional. If you are serious about plugging the leaks in your home. We work with Chuck Reed and Sensible Green Solutions in Napa. He does a terrific thorough job. To read more about tight building envelopes and insulation - read my blog I posted some months ago - http://napavalley.patch.com/blog_posts/sustainable-elements-my-green-journey - Don't forget that in older homes as you plug your holes and increase your insulation - you are trapping in toxins that might already exist in your homes, so you might needs some ventilation....another important reason to contact a professional. (I represent Healthy Buildings Construction Group).

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