Here are some great tips on how to save energy around your home this year all from Plastics Make it Possible®. You can also stop by our website, www.plasticsmakeitpossible.com and build your own interactive energy efficient home for a chance to win $250!
- Seal it Up – Plastic caulking is readily available at any major home improvement store and is very affordable, even on a budget. Don’t let caulking scare you, it is incredibly easy to use, and sealing those pesky cracks in windows and walls can save you loads on energy bills.
- Swap them Out – If you are looking for a bigger project that can save you money in the long run, swapping out old glass windows for vinyl windows will help conserve energy through the home. Vinyl windows absorb less energy than their glass counterparts, keeping your house cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Also, vinyl windows have a longer lifespan than glass because they are weather resistant and shatter resistant.
- Insulate from Within – Plastic based insulation can drastically increase your home’s energy efficiency and decrease that dreaded energy bill. Solid insulation improves the functionality of your heating and cooling system by making it harder for air inside to escape, or air outside enter your home’s walls.
- Harvest the Sun – Plastic films that capture the power of the sun represent a new wave in solar technology, along with new solar shingles that use plastics and look like typical roofing shingles.
- Cover it Up – Glass windows can eat up a ton of energy. You can help increase the energy efficiency of your home by adding a transparent plastic window film that reflects the sun’s heat instead of letting it into the house.
- Keep the Weather Out – Installing plastic weather stripping around drafty windows and doors helps reduce the loss of warm or cool air throughout the home
- Caulk it, Seal it, Duct it, Use it – Sealing cracks in tiles and grouting in the bathroom with plastic caulking and sealing ducting in the attic or basement can reduce the amount of heat or energy that escapes through tiny crevices throughout the home.