Oct 24 2007

Will a $15.58 investment save hundreds off my heat bill? We’ll find out soon enough

I just bought some weatherproofing supplies from the Home Depot. Because we live in an apartment, we only have one external wall. This is good news for keeping the leaks out (I hope) because we just have three window units.

I bought:

  • Electric outlet sealers (14 pack) for $2.17
  • Rubber foam weatherseal strip tape $2.42
  • Window insulation kit $9.96
  • Total with tax: $15.58

The electric outlet sealers are simply fire retardant plastic foam that you place between the outlet and the regular plastic cover. It could help keep out drafts, and for just over $2, I’m willing to give it a shot.

The weatherseal strips might be overkill, since I’m also using a window insulation kit. However, these windows are thin and don’t seem to have wonderful seals. I’m thinking that extra little bit will help.

The window insulation kit is a shrink-wrap sort of thing. You use your hairdryer to set it in place.

When I actually install this stuff, I’ll take pictures and let you know just how easy it was.

I’m doing all of this to save money on my heat bill.

5 Responses to “Will a $15.58 investment save hundreds off my heat bill? We’ll find out soon enough”

  1. I really need to do this. Thanks for the inspiration. I’ve been trying to reduce our electric bill by not using the dryer, etc. and this would be something that could be done once, would last all winter. Thanks!

  2. You can do it, Debbie! It’s really worthwhile. And, some of the weatherproofing, like the electrical outlet covers, will last as long as you live in your home.

  3. Yes, outlet sealers do work. Big bang for the buck.

  4. I noticed Daren Lombardo is copying & pasting the exact same message telling everybody on every single website that mentions the words “insulation, outlet,” sealers” to go to your website that you work for and are a salesman for selling foam insulation sealers, but it’s funny because it was actually cheaper for me to buy Frost King brand than your products. Ha ha! Daren’s a salesman, take all advice you read on the internet with a grain of salt.

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