Save Money, Weatherize Your Home
Weatherizing your home—even a rental home—is easy and inexpensive. It will save you money on your monthly heating bills. Make your home cozy and warm by:
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• Caulk: Caulk, a versatile sealant, is often used in silicone form around bathtubs, pipes, and plumbing fixtures. However, it’s also great for combating drafts around leaky windows and doors and, like paint, it’s available in safe, nontoxic varieties. The OSI Green Series of sealants and AFM Safecoat Caulking Compound are popular, commercially available eco-friendly alternatives.
• Window shrink-wrap: Window shrink-wrap is an easy, affordable way to keep the heat in and the cold out of your home during the winter. And while it’s not always the most aesthetically pleasing way to weatherize, placing plastic shrink-wrap around windows is perhaps the most temporary, making it a viable bill-reducing option for renters. (Drafty windows can increase heating bills by up to 30 percent.)
Window shrink-wrap kits, often called window insulation kits, are available at home improvement stores and usually come with sheets of plastic film and super-strength doubled-sided tape. 3M is a good brand to look for. You’ll need a box cutter and a hair dryer to heat the film and to increase transparency by making any wrinkles disappear.