Green Tips: Stop the Draft to Save Energy

Stop air leaks from drafty doors and windows by sealing leaks with weatherstripping. Weatherstripping will prevent heat loss and help keep your winter energy use low.

Loose seals around the sides of doors or windows are one of the most common areas where heat escapes. Fortunately, it is also one of the easiest areas of your home to winterize.

Weatherstripping is available at many home improvement stores, and is made in a variety of sizes and colors to match nearly any door or window. Weatherstrips are easy to install and usually inexpensive to purchase.

Even if you’ve done weatherstripping in your home, you may have small cracks left over. For these, consider the use of caulk. Hold a stick of incense near doors and windows to determine if you have any air leaks.

Weatherstripping is one of the simplest ways to go green in the winter because proper insulation will not just lower your heating bills, it means less fossil fuels being used.

Check out these tips from the DIY Network to install your own weatherstripping to stop drafts and seal air leaks in your home.

About Barbara Holbrook

Barbara lives in Southern California where she writes about technology, design and smart ways to go green.


  1. Innovative ideas and suggestions like this will help us to do our role in environment protection better.

  2. While you are at it weather strip your attic door or attic ceiling hatch, you will be surprised at the difference.

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