Sealing Outlets To Save Money

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Monique O’Grady with the Alliance to Save Energy provides tips on how to properly seal outlets in your home to avoid energy loss.

    Monique O'Grady: Outlets allow you to top into electricity, but they can also be one of the main places air can leak into your home. Outlets can cause you to lose heat in the winter and cool air in the summer, wasting energy and causing your bills to increase.

    But if you plug those outlets up with insulation or sealing, you can save. The real problem comes from the holes and the wall behind your outlet's faceplates. Many times there is not insulation in these gaps. The best and the easiest way to insulate your outlet is by choosing a foam gasket that fits into your outlet best. For this insulation project, all you will need is a screwdriver and the gasket itself which usually costs about one dollar a piece.

    Make sure you measure each outlet first to purchase the right size. Whether you are using a gasket, foam insulation or caulk always turn off the power breakers at the circuit box to prevents shocks before working on your outlets. After you unscrew the outlet cover, you can add insulation or caulk.

    Another tip, inserting safety plugs on outlets when they are not in used, can prevent your outlets from acting like wholes that expose you to outdoor temperatures. Most outlet covers can be removed easily for quick access. So, whether you are covering up the outlet yourself or using insulation on this easy do-it-yourself project, you can prevent drafts and save energy which will add up to save it on your utility bills.