Did you see that Kansas Gas Service asked for yet another rate hike this week - totaling an estimated $28 million? Meanwhile I'm over here turning off and unplugging various home appliances to conserve energy. These price
5 Smart Energy-Saving Investments for Your Next Home
If you live in an older home, the prospect of retrofitting it to be more energy efficient might send cold shivers down your spine—even chillier than that bracing breeze leaking in through your improperly sealed window. There are definitely steps you can take to get an older house into better shape, but you have more […]
Use foam gaskets to seal electrical boxes. According to energy experts, electrical boxes that hold switches or outlets are major sources of heat loss. Foam gaskets won’t completely seal the boxes, but they’ll help. They’re quick to install— just take off the cover plate, stick the gasket over the box, then put the plate back on. [Does this apply to UK?]
Sill plates and rim joists are usually poorly insulated (if at all) and very leaky. So if you have an unfinished basement, grab some silicone or acrylic latex caulk to seal the sill plate. If you simply have fiberglass insulation stuffed against the rim joist, pull it out. Run a bead of caulk between the edge of the sill plate and the top of the foundation wall. Use expanding spray foam anywhere there are gaps larger than 1/4 in. between the sill and the foundation.