If you live in the RGV, chances are you are paying 20% more on your energy bills than you should be. It isn't the electric companies fault, or some strange phenomenon unique to the area, but actually a simple mistake that happens nearly everywhere.
The truth is, leaky doors and windows let hot air into your home, forcing your air conditioner to run more to cool off your house. They also let the cool air your AC makes out, again making your air conditioner work harder to produce more.
This means higher electric bills and disappointing temperatures in your home, but there's also good news---there's an easy DIY fix you can use that costs just $2. All you need is a little bit of door and window caulk. Here's how to tell if you need it, and how to use it.
Caulk won't help if your doors and windows are already properly sealed. You can find out by simply lighting an incense stick and holding it against the door or window frame. Watch the smoke. If the smoke goes anywhere but up, you have a leaky door or window.
Luckily, this is easy to fix. Even if you don't have a lot of DIY experience, you can handle this easy repair.
Repairing leaky seals are very easy and cheap, and they'll also save you a lot of money. Here's how to do it.
1.) Clean the window sill
Caulking won't stick if the window or door frame is dirty. Clean the window frame thoroughly, and allow it to dry completely before applying the caulk.
2.) Cut the tip of the tube
Your caulking tube comes in a sealed container you'll have to cut the tip off of to open. You'll want to cut it at an angle to make applying the caulk easier. Aim for 45 degrees to 60 degree angle.
3.) Apply the caulk
Squeeze the tube until an even flow of caulk is coming out. Run it along all the joints on the window sill or door frame. Then use an ice cube or your finger and push the caulk into the joint. This will provide a tight seal that will keep heat out.
4.) Let dry
Allow to dry for 24 hours before letting anything touch it.
This $2 tip will save you a lot of money, but there's also another important thing to consider for long term savings on your electric bill—keeping your AC maintained. Your air conditioner should be maintained at least once a year to help it last longer, perform at its best, and also save on your bill.
If you've been looking for a way to save on your electric bill, these tips can help you. The RGV can experience some very hot temperatures, and small hacks like these can make a big difference on how cool you feel.