Ways to Save
Insulation and Infiltration Tips:
Your home and your electricity bill will thank you for taking care of air leaks, cracks, and other things to keep your conditioned cold air inside during the summer and keep the warm air inside during winter.
- Make sure your entire home is insulated. Insulation can always be added.
- Add more insulation in your attic to save more on heating/cooling costs. Make sure not to block soffit vents.
- Learn about R-Value, which is a rating for insulation efficiency. Higher ratings are
better. Different levels are recommended depending on the area of your home.
- Use storm doors for your primary doors for greater insulation. Glass doors are not recommended for insulation.
- Select ENERGY STAR® windows, doors, and skylights labeled for our climate zone for energy efficiency and comfort.
- Insulate electric wall outlets and wall switches with foam pads
- Let area rugs, runners and carpet provide insulation for your floors.
- Seal any cracks and holes where air can escape from your home or enter your home.
- Use caulk to seal around windows, around plumbing penetrations that come through walls beneath bathroom and kitchen sins, and on electrical wire penetrations at the top of the interior walls in the attic. You can also caulk around baseboards with a clear sealant.
- Install weatherstripping around your exterior doors and your garage door. You can purchase a door kit or buy the material by the foot at your local home improvement store.
- Install a door sweep at the bottom of exterior doors to protect against drafts, moisture, dust and insects.
- Ensure window A/C units are weatherstripped. You can remove the unit in the winter and close and lock the window
Comfort Advantage is a recognized standard for energy-efficient construction and quality products for the home and business. The benefits of Comfort Advantage are promoted by electric cooperatives who provide electric service to more than 400,000 Mississippi homes and businesses.