Up to 40% of the heat loss or gain in a home is due to leaks in the thermal envelope surrounding the living space. To save energy, make sure the attic has plenty of insulation, and fill any cracks or gaps around windows, doors, plumbing pipes, and HVAC lines. Installing foam gaskets behind switch and outlet covers is another good way to reduce air infiltration in your home.


There’s nothing green about paying bills unless you pay them online or if the company provides recycled envelopes. But, you know, there’s another envelope you should take a close look at, and that’s the thermal envelope of your home, which is your living space. It’s important to have proper insulation; otherwise you’ve got a problem with your envelope. Up to 40% of a home’s heat loss or gain is due to leaks. Insulating the attic is only the start. You need to make sure all gaps around windows and doors are sealed. The areas around plumbing pipes as well as heating & cooling lines also need to be sealed. And don’t forget about any electrical switches and outlets on exterior walls. You’d be surprised at how big of an energy loss they can cause. Simple gaskets can take care of them and it’ll be one of the cheapest improvements you can make.

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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