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 in Red Bank and Shrewsbury:

  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.  

Local places and resources where you can find supplies and advice for insulating your home:

  • Little Silver Community Hardware
  • Thompson's Hardware
  • Monmouth Building Center
Brian Difiore July 29, 2013 at 06:04 PM
The article is good but leaves out a key component. New Jersey has a program: Home Performance with Energy Star. You can find this program at www.njcleanenergy.com The energy audit should only be performed by a BPI certified company / individual (Building Performance Institute). 30% energy reduction is a bit unrealistic air sealing and insulating only. NJ has some of the best incentives for homeowners in the nation with this program. Up to $5,000 rebate and 0% loans for 10 years. My company works in this program daily www.midstatehvac.com if you would like a free energy audit.


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