Easy Ways to Lower Your Energy Costs #ProjectEnvolve #GetEnvolved

I’ve written this post as an ambassador for Project Envolve™ (sponsored in part by PPL Electric Utilities) . Project Envolve supplied me with materials to help weatherize my home along with tips for living an energy-efficient lifestyle.

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It’s getting cold in here, so pile on ALL your clothes!

Yeah, I changed the words. Have you been outside lately? It’s freezing!

And I’m not happy to report that it’s *kind of* freezing in some parts of my house, too. Just look at my front door! That ice is on the inside!

We live in an older home, a smaller older home, with the specific purpose of lowering the resources we consume. Having a drafty house does nothing to help that goal! Luckily, Project Envolve: Mission 3 just landed on my doorstep, and they sent me some great tips on how to arm myself against the Polar Vortex and seal up those places where my heat (read: money!) is escaping.

Project Envolve Home Energy Saving Tips

Banish your enemies: Air Leaks!

1. Weather Stripping: Apply it to door frames and the bottoms of your windows.

2. Caulking: Use it to seal leaks around window and door moldings.

3. Outlet Plate Insulation Kits and Outlet Safety Plugs: Believe it or not. electrical outlets can leak heat from your home. Who knew? Insulation kits help keep that heat inside. Use them first on your exterior outlets, where they make the biggest difference, then tackle interior outlets. (And, even if you don’t have small children, pop in some safety plugs! They also block heat from escaping!)

Know your friends: Smart Strips!

I know you’re a multitalented multitasker, so once you’ve put your caulking gun away, get our your sewing box and keep the momentum going! Create some “Heartwarming Handwarmers” (or are they Handwarming Heartwarmers?) Either way, they’re a great activity for kids of all ages, or a Valentine’s Day gift for someone whose cold hands could use a little love!

Or, craft a Door Draft Dodger and keep those pesky breezes outside where they belong.

Mission 3 is full of simple yet effective lessons just waiting to be learned, so schedule a day of quick and easy weatherization projects and be sure to include the kids!

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Comments

  1. Wow! Your front door! I’m with you. Go away winter. At least all of these things are so easy to do to help keep us warm. Now bring on spring!
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  2. Oh my goodness!! Just looking at that picture of your front door is making me cold! Yes, I think we can all stand to winterize our homes every year, but this year in particular! Brrr!!
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  3. We bought and remodeled an older house in 2012, and our electric bill has been insane! We live on the lake, so we get that lake wind in the winter that doesn’t help the issue. These are great tips…we have done lots to try and lower our bill. We also blew more insulation in the attic and rolled more underneath. We have lattice around the bottom, back of our house, so we rolled plastic behind it to try and keep some of that lake wind away!
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  4. Brrrr! That looks real cold. Great tips!

  5. That hand print is awesome. LOL. Great tips on lowering energy costs at home, thanks!
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  6. These are fantastic tips, we live in Florida but these tips can be used down here as well to keep the house cool too!
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  7. Great tips….saving energy is so important. Amazing how much money you can save by taking a few easy steps before the cold.

  8. Thanks for these tips! There are so many ways to save on your energy bill!
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  9. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    Ooohh! That ice on your door is making me shiver. Yes, it is freezing cold where I live, too. Think summer!

  10. Oh my, those hand warmers are so super-cute. We have power strips on almost every outlet and it really helps.

  11. Thanks for sharing these tips! We lose heat under our door so the door draft dodger is awesome.
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  12. Great advice! We definitely do #1!
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  13. Rebecca Parsons says:

    Some fantastic tips. Most I knew but always nice to read some new tips.

  14. Who’d a’thunk it, but we need to do this for Summer!! As much as you need this for the cold, we need it for the heat! Thanks for this valuable information!!

  15. Thanks for this checklist!! I will be checking all of these items in my home!! Glad I live in Florida!! That door makes me shiver!! (it’s cold here tonight, too!)
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  16. its amazing how much energy goes out random places in the house. we’ve done these same steps ourselves
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  17. I have some drafty windows that need to be taken care of.
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  18. There are some really great ideas here. Sometimes the small things that you do make the biggest difference.
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  19. Great tips. I totally need some draft door dodgers!

  20. Great post! We are having brutal weather right now so if I can save energy and keep the house warm it would be a bonus!
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  21. Those are great tips and ones I need to reinforce with my kids. They turn the lights on and leave them on all day.
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  22. BRRR!!! I hate being cold, so I really love all of these smart ideas for weather proofing our home, stay warm!
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  23. Great tips! We have an older, drafty home as well. Our high on Monday is -15°… our HIGH! Insanity.
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  24. We live in the Canadian Rockies, so winter proofing our home and sealing up the doors and windows is a must! Although, our January has been incredibly warm this year…
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  25. Emily Ploch says:

    I really need to implement some of these. Cold air comes right in through my front door. :(

  26. Wow! Your door is crazy! I definitely need to do more winterizing too.
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  27. This is one of the coldest winters I can remember in recent years and it is actually snowing now here in North Carolina which is really going to kill my wallet when the electric bill comes in, but now knowing these tips, I can implement them and save some hopefully. Thanks
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  28. I need to buy the foam insulating pieces for our outlets. I keep forgetting, and it DOES make a difference. On the filling, is there another option for the draft dogder? I keep thinking that rice/beans would attract some naughty puppies.

  29. Those smart phantom power strips are a great idea. I have one and I don’t know why I haven’t gotten them for every room. Thanks for the reminder.
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  30. Thanks for the tips. They are great. Great ideas to save money.

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