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Insulate Your Home and Save Energy

Jul 23, 2008
Energy is being wasted in your home as you read this. Where is it going? Right through the walls! Even in well-insulated homes, heat escapes through the walls when it's cold out, and heats comes in when it's hot out.

A great way to experience this is by going from an insulated part of the home into a non-insulated part (the garage or attic perhaps?) during a hot summer month. Better yet, try it in California's Death Valley where temperatures can soar into the 120's. You'll gain a rapid appreciation for California insulation technology.

When you're done being cooked, take a look at your energy bills and your home's insulation and see if there is some money that might be saved there. The more you can prevent your home's heater or air conditioner from fighting against outdoor conditions, the more money you'll save.

Help Me Conserve Energy in My Home!

As mention earlier, the less your home climate control systems have to fight the weather outside, the less they'll work and the less energy they'll use. In the next few paragraphs, we'll discuss what you can do to ensure that warm air stays in the house during the winter months and hot air stays out during the summer months.

The first thing you want to do is make sure that your house isn't "leaking." Just like a car tire, having a hole in the house is bad. But unlike a car tire, instead of leaking air out, it's going to let air in -- and that's exactly what we want to prevent.

Leaks occur most commonly around doors and windows. On a windy day, the large leaks can be easily found by simply running your hand around the frames of your doors and windows. For windows, you can often use silicone to seal around the frame. However, if your window has a hole in it, it's time to replace it.

Single-pane windows are also very inefficient at keeping unwanted heat or cold outside where it belongs. If you have single-pane windows, consider replacing them with the double-pane variety.

Leaky doors can often be temporarily fixed with wads of insulation or by stuffing folded up newspapers in the cracks. The only problem with the latter solution is what to do when somebody knocks on the door or you need to get out and do some shopping.

Generally, replacing a leaky door is the best option for maximum efficiency.

And finally, to stop warm air from getting out (or vice versa depending on the time of year) make sure that your walls and ceiling are insulated.

Some residents that live in the warm (but not too warm) climate of Southern California might feel like there's no need for insulating their home. However, even San Diego gets snow sometimes, so be sure to be ready with plenty of insulation for your California home.
About the Author
Future Energy Corporation (http://www.energysavers.com) specializes in providing California insulation to help make your home more efficient. The author, Art Gib, is a freelance writer.
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