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SAVE ENERGY & DOLLARS

American families spend an average of $2200 per year on energy costs, but just by plugging air leaks, you can save up to $200 per year on heating and cooling costs.2

Top 5 HOME ENERGY COSTS FOR A 1,500 SQUARE FOOT HOME

  • 29% SPENT ON HEATING = $638 per year
  • 17% SPENT ON COOLING = $374 per year
  • 14% SPENT ON WATER HEATING = $308 per year
  • 12% SPENT ON LIGHTING = $264 per year
  • 13% SPENT ON APPLIANCES = $286 per year

BATTLING THE STORM

Temperature extremes-drought, heat waves, blizzards and ice storms have been blasting Americans in recent years and some researchers say it will only get worse.1

But record high temps don't have to mean record-high utility bills. There are simple ways to combat these weather woes and keep your home cozy or cool, help the planet by reducing energy use, and to keep some extra cash in your pocket.

SEALING AIR LEAKS FIGHTS

  • humidity problems
  • uncomfortable drafts
  • poor indoor air quality
  • cold spots

10 Trouble Spots for Energy Loss

  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Outdoor Faucets
  • Sill Plates
  • Un-Insulated Plumbing
  • Attic Access Opening
  • Outlets and Switch Plates
  • Water & Furnace Flues
  • Fireplace Dampers
  • Recessed Lights
  • Long-Term Investment

Plugging up a leaky home is inexpensive, easy and permanent. A few simple DIY techniques offer a quick return on your investment:

1. Detect Leaks

  • Cost: Free
  • Time: 1-2 hours

Obvious leaks…

  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Electrical outlets
  • Outdoor water faucets
  • Electrical and gas service entrances
  • Fireplace dampers
  • Baseboards

2. Weather Stripping

  • Cost: $5-$15°
  • Time: 1 hour per door

For movable components like

  • Windows
  • Doors

3. Caulking

  • Cost: $5-$30 Time: 20 minutes per window

For stationary building components such as

  • Faucets
  • Non-operable windows
  • Ceiling fixtures
  • Electrical outlets

With a few simple and cost-effective moves, you can have a healthier, more efficient home, and do your part to reduce energy use.