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Save Money Plugging Holes With Foam

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Plugging holes with foam will save you money on your energy bills. It stops the airflow from going in and out, thus, saving your money. There are so many other ways to reduce your energy bills by doing simple little inexpensive jobs just like this one.

Here are a couple of examples to help you save your money and get your house in shape:

  • Replacing threshold gaskets
  • Sealing doors and windows with caulk
  • Sealing windows with v-strip weather strips
  • Installing ceiling fans
  • Replacing your thermostat with a programmable one

Now here is how you can plug holes with foam step by step.

  1. Make a trial run. Wear old clothes, disposable plastic gloves, and protective eye wear when applying the foam. Protect nearby surfaces with newspaper or drop clothes. Attach the nozzle, and shake the can as directed. Make a trial run with the foam, spraying it onto newspaper to see how much comes out and how much it expands.
  2. Apply the foam. Hold the container as straight up and down as possible, and pull the trigger. Polyurethane gradually doubles in size as it dries, so fill the cavity about halfway, or as recommended. Latex foam expands less, and you can fill the cavity about 90% of the way, or as recommended.
  3. Clean up as you work. Wipe up any spills immediately with the recommended solvent. In most cases, this will be acetone for urethane foam, and water for latex foam.
  4. Trim the excess. Once the foam has hardened, trim off any excess with a utility knife, kitchen knife or handsaw.

If you follow these simple steps, tips and advice, then you will definitely save money on your energy bills and have your house in great shape.

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