Gunning for Energy Savings

Want to save on energy costs but roof top solar panels aren’t in the budget? Buy a tube of caulk and a caulk gun. As reported in the Wall Street Journal, homes consume more than 20 percent of all the energy used in the U.S. — more than cars, planes, or offices. And yet the average home wastes about 30 percent of the energy it uses. The article noted that relatively simple and inexpensive solutions, such as caulking and insulating, could save an estimated one-third of that wasted energy.

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If you need some help learning how to lay the perfect bead of caulk or perform other maintenance projects around your house, you’ll find free online instructions and even video-based tutorials at the web sites of Home Depot, Lowes, and This Old House.

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