Homeowners have to live with higher power bills as energy production becomes more expensive. Power bills can be minimised by reducing energy consumption in
the home. One way to do this is by weatherising the home, which can help achieve
significant improvement in energy efficiency, and lower power bills for the
Homeowners can also get ready for the heat of summer and the cold of
winter by taking a good look around the house for problems that could be
Step 1: Find the leaks
Check for leaks in the building structure that could be wasting energy
by allowing heating or cooling to escape, requiring the heater or air
conditioner to be kept operational for longer. A simple way to locate the leak
is to light an incense stick, a candle or anything that produces smoke over a
long period of time. By running it along doors and windows during a windy day,
one can locate the leak by observing whether the smoke has moved in some way.
Step 2: Plug the leaks
Once all the leaks in the house are located, plug them by simply caulking
them. Choose the right caulking material at the local hardware store, remove
any old caulking, dirt and debris from the area around the leak, and follow the
instructions on the caulk product bottle to create a new seal.
Step 3: Weatherstrip external
Weatherstripping describes the process to better seal down doors. A task
that can be easily performed by the home handyman, it involves using a variety
of materials to line the interior of the doorways to prevent outside elements
from getting into the house, and interior heating or cooling from escaping to
the outside. Weatherstripping can help a typical home save at least a couple of
hundred dollars on their power bill each year.
Step 4: Plug the big gaps
A garage attached to the house is often the source of bigger leaks. A
garage is usually poorly insulated; therefore, it is important to seal any
connections that it may have with the main house. Fireplaces that are not used regularly
can be plugged using an inflatable plug. Even otherwise, if nothing is burning
in the fireplace, close the damper tightly.
Step 5: Insulate the electrical
Use foam insulation kits for both electrical outlets and wall plates to reduce
drafts that can enter the home. This is especially important for walls exposed
on the other side to the elements.
Bonus step for advanced
handymen: Insulate the pipes
Home handymen can also insulate their plumbing pipes. Though this is a challenging
task, it will help save significant money.
For high-heat areas (such as close to the water heaters), use fibreglass
pipe wrap. Tubular pipe sticks, also available at the local hardware shop, can
alternatively be used for the purpose. Caulk cracks and holes in foundations near
water pipes. Regularly check any insulation installed to ensure it’s in good
condition and fully covers the pipes.
All these steps for weatherising the home can be easily accomplished with
off-the-shelf tools and equipment, resulting in a measurable and immediate
saving to the power bill.
Projex Group distributes Wolfin, Cosmofin and
Koster waterproofing systems in Australia and New Zealand.