Sealing Outlets, Saving Money


Outlets allow you to tap into electricity to power all the things one would need powered in or around their home but many people don’t think about the fact that they can also be one of the main places air can leak into your home. You spend all that time replacing windows so they are energy efficient, sealing up any cracks in the walls and replacing whether stripping around your doors. You even insulated you attic and any other place that seemed to let air through but you missed your outlets. Outlets can cause you to lose heat from your home in the winter and lose cool air in the summer, wasting energy and causing your bills to increase which wastes your money and affects the environment.
If you plug those outlets up with insulation or sealing, you can save that money so why not start up a little project. This won’t take long and with a little money and some common sense you’ll be able to pull this off on your own. The real problem comes from the holes in the wall behind your outlet’s face plates and not so much the small outlet holes in the faceplate’s directly. Many times there is not insulation in these gaps and people don’t realize it can even be put in there but now
you know so you have no excuses. The best and easiest way to insulate your outlet is choosing a foam gasket that fits into your outlet best. You can find these at your local hardware shop or even online.  For this insulation project all you will need is a screwdriver and the gasket itself which usually costs about one dollar a piece. Even if you have a lot of outlets, you still won’t spend a lot doing this because you don’t need any special tools. Most people have
a screwdriver in their homes; you just need to make sure it has the matching head to fit your outlet screws. Make sure you measure each outlet first to purchase the right size so you’ll need a ruler for that but most outlets are the same size throughout your home. You can even remove a faceplate and take it around to each outlet, placing it over top to check if the size is the same.
Whether you are using a gasket, foam insulation or caulk, always turn off the power breakers at the circuit box to prevent shocks before working on your outlets. After you unscrew the outlet cover you can add insulation or caulk. Another tip is inserting safety plugs in outlets when they are not in use which can prevent your outlets from acting like holes that expose you to outdoor temperatures. Most outlet covers can be removed easily for quick access, so whether you are covering up the outlet yourself or using insulation on this easy do it yourself project, you can prevent drafts and save energy which will add up to savings on your utility bills.