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When you follow a few simple energy saving tips, such as weatherstripping your doors and insulating your hot water heater, you make your home both more cost-efficient and more comfortable. Get a lesson on how to save energy in this free video on home and garden repair.

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Hi, I'm Chris Palmer. Welcome to Chris' Workshop. Today, we're going to talk about some energy saving tips for your home. Heat loss is a huge issue and there's lots of ways to prevent that. You can weatherstrip around your doors, not only your exterior doors but the doors that go to your attic, the doors that go to your basement, any opening in the ceiling is huge because as you know, heat rises. In a lot of houses there is a pull down stair up into a crawlspace. Make sure there's a bat of insulation on the top of that door inside your crawlspace. Also put weatherstripping right on the door stop where that door folds up and meets the door stop. Buy some peel and stick weatherstripping and put that same weatherstripping around the door stops on all your doors. Another thing you can do is insulate your hot water heater and put some pipe insulation on all the supply lines that bring hot water to the various parts of your home. That will make the water hotter when it arrives and save electricity or fuel depending on your hot water heater system. Another great thing to do is insulate all of your switch plate covers that cover the electrical switches and outlets in your home. That's an often overlooked thing but when you think about it, there's a hole cut right in your wall with nothing but a thin piece of plastic covering it and even more significant, there's a hole cut in your insulation that's inside the wall where the electrical box is. A lot of the times those electrical boxes are quite deep and there's no way to get insulation around it so a lot of heat loss can go out those areas. Sure, it's a small area but multiply that by all the switches and outlets that are there and you're talking about some significant heat loss. Purchase some precut gaskets at your home center, take the switch plate cover off or the outlet cover off, put the gasket on the back of it and screw the switch plate cover back in place and that will really save a lot of heat loss in your home. Thanks for joining me. I'm Chris Palmer. Those are some great tips to save energy in your home.

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