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You don’t want to drain your accounts with astronomically high heating bills in the winter months, but you also don’t want to live in a cold, uncomfortable home. To help with this dilemma, taking steps to fix problem areas in your home can help to dramatically reduce how much it costs to keep your home warm and cozy.

Electrical boxes in your exterior walls are notoriously drafty because insulation isn’t always placed behind and around them correctly. “You want to try to stop air from flowing around the box and through the box,” Rogers says.

To stop the leaks, remove the cover plates and fill small gaps around the boxes with acrylic latex caulk. For large gaps, use foam sealant. Then place a foam gasket over the outlet or switch and replace the cover plate. The gaskets cost about $1.10 for a two-pack. “The gasket is going to save you money for as long as that outlet is in your house,” Rogers says. “That small investment pays off for as long as you own your home.”

Our goal at Hoodview Heating and Air Conditioning is to save you money. We can help you install a more efficient furnace, heat pump, and discuss a hybrid system installation. Look through our own Money Saving Tips here.

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