How to Weatherize Your Home

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    In this video, Kristin from Duck® brand provides various solutions and step-by-step instructions for weatherizing your home. These techniques can be applied during the winter to keep the cold air out or the summer to keep the cool air in. This video is designed for light to intermediate DIYers looking to save money and energy through home insulation, and includes an overview of the tools and materials needed, including pipe covers, water heater blankets and faucet covers.

    Christine: Hi! I'm Christine from Duck brand. Today I'm going to go over a few tips on how to weatherize your home.

    First we're going to talk about how to prevent your pipes from freezing. A great way to do this is to apply a faucet cover. Take the loop attached to the cord and place it around the faucet.

    Next pull the cord so that the cover fits over the faucet. Then secure the faucet cover. Energy loss through hot and cold pipes can be prevented using foam pipe covers, they are easy to install so let me show you how.

    To begin, measure your pipes and then cut the insulation using your scissors. Next slide insulation over your pipes, if needed for T-joints, cut a hole in insulation.

    Finally remove the liner to seal the insulation to your pipes. A common area of energy loss is your water heater; an easy solution to prevent this is to wrap a water heater blanket around it to save money on your energy bill. Just make sure to follow the safety guidelines provided on the packaging of the product.

    Next we will talk about energy loss through electrical outlets. First, simply remove the cover plate. Next, place the socket insulation on top of the electrical outlet. Lastly replace your cover plate and tighten the screw securely, also the same technique can be used for light switches as well.

    Socket insulating seals can improve energy efficiency and are easy to install. Following these easy weatherization tips will help you conserve energy, save money on your utility bills and keep your home comfortable all year long.