Friday, September 5, 2008

Day 137 of our Green Year: Sealing Up Cracks

Winter is coming, and things are starting to get cold where we are, so the time has come to be energy conscious with heat. There are several ways that you can do this in your home, and one of the best is preventing heat loss from hot air going out cracks, and cold air coming in. If that happens, you will be spending a lot of time turning up the heat, which then uses up energy.

Therefore, the best thing you can do before it gets too cold is seal up cracks and spaces in windows. There are several ways to do this, but caulking works best. You will be able to seal up all the cracks, which then prevents anything from getting in or out.

One tip to find drafts is to take a candle and stand in the middle of a room with it, perfectly still. If the flame is flickering to one side, then you will know there is air coming from that direction. Move over there with the candle and find where that leak is. Once you have it, seal it up. Hardware stores have a multitude of products that will help you do this.

It is easy to do, and effective so take the time to seal up cracks and keep that much-loved warm air, inside, and the bad winter cold air outside.

On another note, we have hit 4,000 hits. That is great considering we are just a few days shy of our four month anniversary. That means that we are averaging just over 1,000 hits a month. Not too bad, especially when we still have eight months to go.