Persons prepping their homes for winter should look beyond the typical caulking, weather-stripping and turning down of the thermostat to save money and energy this year.
Bruce Snead, an Extension specialist in residential energy at Kansas State University, said finding and sealing less obvious air leaks is the next most effective step.
"These are likely to be found in the attic as holes around plumbing and electrical lines and as other gaps in framing," he said. "You will need to move the insulation out of the way to find many of these."
The energy specialist suggests that homeowners also look for openings in exterior and interior walls, including plumbing openings behind bath and kitchen cabinets.
Snead recommends using a foam sealant, regular caulk and/or small pieces of foam board to seal leaks.
"Be sure to replace any insulation you move and avoid leaving gaps between fiberglass batts," he said.
A do-it-yourself energy audit and additional energy-saving tips are available on the Kansas State University Engineering Extension Website (http://www.oznet.ksu.edu/dp_nrgy/ees). Kansans also can get a list of energy professionals who can help by calling (800) KSU-8898.