If you're sleeping in ski socks, it may be time for an energy audit. Experts reveal six ways your home may be leaking air (and what to do about it).
Last year, when my husband and I bought our house, a renovated 1932 cottage in Connecticut, our inspector insisted it was in terrific shape. But come winter, we found ourselves sleeping in fleece pullovers and ski socks -- and with utility bills through the new roof. So for $75, we signed up for Home Energy Solution, a Connecticut program for which technicians determine where a home is losing energy and make on-the-spot repairs.
During half a day at our house, workers sealed ducts and weather-stripped doors to prevent warm air from escaping, installed energy-efficient light-bulbs, and caulked like crazy to keep cool air from sneaking in through cracks around the house. They identified tiny openings through a blower-door test, which involves mounting a powerful fan to the front-door frame to suck the warm air out of the house andRead More »from 6 Reasons Your House is Drafty (and What to Do About It)