9-POINT HOMEOWNER ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROTOCOL:
THERMAL TRANSFER AND HOW TO STOP IT
- Rim Joist Seal.
The rim joist, or band joist, is the second highest place that a building will lose heat, after the attic.
- Caulk Windows, Doors and Floor Trim.
Clear caulk in these places will go miles and miles towards increased indoor comfort and reduced heat bills.
- Insulate Water Heater.
If the water heater is older than 10 years, then a fiberglass water jacket wrap will pay for itself within two months. If the water heater has been bought more recently, then the jacket will hinder its functionality.
- Insulate Hot Water Pipes.
Pipe wrap also pays for itself very soon by keeping the heat in the water longer.
- Install Door Sweeps and Weather Stripping.
Doors can be the most problematic for drafts. These products really help keep the heat in and the cold out!
- Insulate Outer Wall Outlets and Light Switches.
Simple, inexpensive gaskets on outside walls can bring a 10˚ difference to each outlet.
- Caulk/Foam Wire Inlets and Basement Leaks.
Oftentimes these holes go without being noticed. It is good to stop them right up with spray foam or caulk.
- Indoor Storms.
One of our volunteer leaders figured out how to build these for $5-$8/window! In the correct locations, these indoor storms can keep the cold from blowing right in, and can be removed and replaced seasonally.
- Shop-Vac Dryer Vent Hose.
A dryer with a blocked vent can cost upwards of $3 per load compared to $.75.