Conservation tip: Control Your Airflow

Install plastic over windows to create an additional barrier for heat loss. Photo by 3M.

Install plastic over windows to create an additional barrier for heat loss. Photo by 3M.

In the interest of helping our readers reduce energy and water waste, Sustainable Utah will publish weekly conservation tips contributed by the Student Energy Ambassadors, a program supported by Rocky Mountain Power and Questar Gas.

By the Student Energy Ambassadors

Leaky doors, windows, walls, or inadequate insulation can result in much higher gas bills than what you might expect—it is money flowing out of the house. Quick fixes for drafty windows include using inexpensive plastic window covering in the winter to add extra insulation and using thermal curtains or even regular curtains during the nighttime. (Remember, you want the windows uncovered during the day to allow sunlight in to increase passive heating). Make sure the weather stripping on your doors is producing a good seal, and replace broken or cracked weather stripping. You may be surprised at the difference these quick fixes can make in the comfort of your home.

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