Sealing Home Air Leaks To Reduce Home Heating Bills

There are many energy saving ways to reduce home heating bills in the winter.

Activities such as increasing attic insulation, sufficient wall insulation, basement wall insulation, high efficiency furnace, conversion to natural gas furnace (from, for example, home heating oil), solar air collectors, ENERGY STAR windows, and so on.

The challenge is that each of these above tactics cost a lot of money. We are talking $1,000 and up … even after most available government grants.

And, when a financial investment is large, the financial payback can take many, many years.

There are, however, many money saving tips available to all households which do not require large amount of money to do yet can help to reduce the winter home heating bills.

Our free Energy Savings and Water Savings Guide lists more than 40 ways in which every household can reduce its home heating expenses which cost absolutely nothing to do. We will be writing about this collect in a few weeks, but you can review the list now by accessing our Un-Official Guide within our Energy Conservation page.

Today, we will list numerous articles we have written on DailyHomeRenoTips.com concerning the many different ways we have used to reduce our home heating expenses by focusing on air leakage (which are also included in the previously mentioned Un-Official Guide). This way you can quickly access them to see which may be useful to you in your own home. It is getting very chilly outside, isn’t it? icon smile Sealing Home Air Leaks To Reduce Home Heating Bills

It is a very simple concept. There are countless ways in which air heated by your furnace or baseboard heaters can leave your house. When it does, your heating system has to work longer and more often to heat more air, which causes it to consume directly (for natural gas or home heating oil furnaces) or indirectly (for electric heating systems) non-renewable natural resources and generate polluting emissions into the air. That’s the environmentalist perspective. For the home-owner’s financial perspective, the longer and more often your home heating system has to work, the higher your monthly home heating bill will be in the winter.

What we thought we would do is to simply list all of the air leakage reduction articles we have written so far so you can easily access them. Remember, these are based on our own experiences in our own home.

Yes, they have lots of pictures so you can see what we are talking about and so you can visually remember where to look and what to do in your own home. And, in the case of the more recent articles on this topic we have even provided some short YouTube videos on our efforts.

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As we continue to write additional articles on air leakage reduction we will add links to this list.

Reducing a lot of air leakage in homes is not expensive at all. A tube of caulking costs what, around $5 or $6 at the local hardware store? Weather stripping costs anywhere from$4 to $7, depending on how much you purchase.

And, it does not take a rocket scientist or professional contractor to seal most air leaks in a home. I certainly am not, as my friends will attest.

Sealing air leaks in a house can be part of a major home renovation. However, most of them will simply need to be redone as part of an ongoing home maintenance effort.

So, here is our collection of our attempts to reduce the air leaking from our home and thus reduce not only our winter home heating bills but also our summer air conditioning bills (cooled air within a home will escape in the summer from the same air leaks where heated air will escape in the winter), so we are talking about double the financial benefit / savings here.

Weather Stripping on Basement Cupboard 1

Weather Stripping on Basement Cupboard 2

Insulating Electrical Outlets

Insulating Electrical Wall Switches

Interior Window Plastic Film Insulation – 1

Interior Window Plastic Film Insulation – 2

Interior Window Plastic Film Insulation on Sliding Glass Door

Sealing Air Leaks Around Fireplace Insert – 1

Sealing Air Leaks Around Fireplace Insert – 2

Replacing Worn Cold Cellar Door Sweep

Sealing Brick Fireplace Air Leaks 1

Sealing Brick Fireplace Air Leaks 2

Sealing More Basement Fireplace Insert Air Leaks

Sealing Air Leaks Outside the House – 1

Sealing Air Leaks Outside the House – 2

Sealing Air Leaks Outside the House – 3

Sealing Air Leaks Around Cold Cellar Door – 1

Sealing Air Leaks Around Cold Cellar Door – 2

Sealing Air Leaks Around Cold Cellar Door – 3

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