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Have you started breaking out the blankets at night? Do you wear five layers of clothes inside your house? We’re only partway through fall, so if you’re already shivering, your house may have sprung a heat-leak. Don’t burn through cash by cranking up your thermostat – all you need is a $4 tube of caulk to fix your problem! If you spend five minutes caulking your windows, you’ll be wearing t-shirts around the house again in no time. How cool is that?
Even if you’re not feeling chilly yet, a quick caulking mission can save you as much as 30 percent on your heating bill this season! Plus, caulking is easier than you think. Seriously, you can do it while your kid is napping or your dinner is in the oven. All you need is a putty knife or scraper, a tube of caulk and a caulk gun.
1. Remove all the old caulk on the window with your putty knife or scraper.
2. Load the tube into your caulking gun using the instructions on the gun package. Once it’s properly loaded, cut off the tip of the caulk tube.
3. Apply the caulk at a measured pace along the cracks in your window's seal. Be smooth and use consistent, light pressure. You want your caulk to be applied in one continuous line.
4. Smooth your caulk with a plastic spoon, popsicle stick or even your fingers.
5. Let it dry completely.