9-POINT ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROTOCOL

9-POINT HOMEOWNER ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROTOCOL: 
THERMAL TRANSFER AND HOW TO STOP IT

  1. Rim Joist Seal.
    The rim joist, or band joist, is the second highest place that a building will lose heat, after the attic.
  2. Caulk Windows, Doors and Floor Trim.
    Clear caulk in these places will go miles and miles towards increased indoor comfort and reduced heat bills.
  3. 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.
  4. Insulate Hot Water Pipes.
    Pipe wrap also pays for itself very soon by keeping the heat in the water longer.
  5. 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!
  6. Insulate Outer Wall Outlets and Light Switches.
    Simple, inexpensive gaskets on outside walls can bring a 10˚ difference to each outlet.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Shop-Vac Dryer Vent Hose.
    A dryer with a blocked vent can cost upwards of $3 per load compared to $.75.