Other Weatherization Tips
Oh yes. There’s more …
Garage Door Weather-stripping
Thick, durable weather-stripping here will help seal off a common area of energy leakage. Fiberglass duct wrap is the best material for this job.
Plug Up the Holes Around Outlets
Hardware stores sell Styrofoam plugs to seal off energy loss around outlet plugs and light switches inside your home or business.
- Leafy Trees for Shade or Sun. Leafy or deciduous trees seem almost made for energy savings. Plant them on the south and west sides of your home or business. In summer, they provide shade from the hot sun. In winter, they shed their leaves to let the warming sunshine through. Evergreens can be a good winter windbreak. Plant them along the north side and wherever prevailing winds tend to chill your home.
- Insulate with Shrubbery. Consider encircling your home or business with an evergreen hedge, planted about a foot away from the foundation. It will create a "dead air" space that helps insulate your home during the winter.