Update on Home Winterization: Weather stripping


We wrote last week about great options for weatherproofing your home. Those tips—designed to save you money and energy heating your house—included talk of sealing cracks in doors. That line item was taken on the other day when we noticed cheap, old weather strips had worn down on the farm's front door.



Going forward, we'd recommend buying high-quality weather stripping that will last more than a year or two. Paying up-front costs will save you money in the long run, we promise. We used adhesive strips first time around. This time, we used rigid strips that get screwed into the door and frame.

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Statistics show that somewhere between 10% and 30% of energy costs are due to air leaks that could’ve been sealed.  Detecting and sealing air leaks by simple energy conservation techniques such as weatherstripping and caulking will save you money in the long run. Other air leaks might require more complex techniques, but sealing them is most likely well worth it as well! Costs of air sealing are usually paid back within a few years. Sealing air leaks can save you up to $80 a year! This weather stripping will therefore pay for itself in a matter of months. That's an investment you can feel good about.
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Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.