Use this page to find actions that your household has completed or plans to complete. Browse the categories on the left to find actions for the Power Saver, Green Leader, or Renewable Star Challenge.

Once you have signed in, you can click Add to My Challenge to add an action to your To Do List, Already Completed to mark an action as complete, or Not Applicable if the action does not apply to you.

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ACTIONS

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    Stop fireplace drafts
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    If you have a fireplace in a well-insulated home, but leave the damper open, you could be increasing your energy use and costs by 30%. Winter air leakage through fireplaces can increase winter energy bills by $500 or more! Chimneys draw rising warm air out of your home which is replaced by cold air. Close your dampers or install a low-cost inflatable pillow in your chimney; it can be removed before fireplace use, and reinstalled after. Visit batticdoor.com or search for “inflatable dampers” with your internet browser to learn about options.

    Watch this video to learn how to install a chimney balloon.

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    Install a dryer vent seal
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    Is your laundry room the coldest room in your home? An often overlooked source of heat loss is the dryer vent – while a typical dryer vent flap may keep rodents out of your home, it makes a great pathway for heat to leave your home. Dryer vent seals, which can also work on bathroom and kitchen vents, remain closed unless the dryer is in use. When the dryer is in use, a floating shuttle rises to allow warm air, lint, and moisture to escape. When the dryer stops, the shuttle drops back down, keeping cold air, birds, bugs and rodents outside. Visit doityourself.com or search for “dryer vent seal” to explore options.

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    Install foam gasket insulators behind electrical outlets and light switch plates
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    Have you ever noticed a cold draft when you remove an outlet cover? Electrical boxes behind wall sockets penetrate into the wall cavity and its insulation making them potential sources of air leakage, especially along outside walls. Polyethylene foam gaskets installed behind electric outlet plate covers reduce drafts. For double or triple outlet or light switch boxes, multiple gaskets can be overlapped and trimmed to fit. Foam gaskets are simple to install and are available at local hardware stores or online vendors. Watch this video to learn how to install gasket insulators.

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    Green leaves denote the number of Green Points earned by completing the action and its relative environmental benefit.
    Hammers denote the relative amount of effort needed to implement the action. Hammers denote the relative amount of effort needed to implement the action. Hammers denote the relative amount of effort needed to implement the action.
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    $100-$500 $501-$2000
    > $2000
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    Seal gaps around doors and windows
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    Air flow through leaky doors and window joints, cracks, frames, and sashes can account for 15-40% of a home’s heating and cooling losses. If you close a piece of paper in a door and can pull it out easily, it needs weatherstripping. Stop air leaks from windows and doors with caulking, weatherstripping, plastic film, storm windows, or storm doors. Learn more about how windows can waste energy.

    From draft guards to foam weatherstripping, there’s a wide variety of products and strategies. It’s a good idea to learn what works best for your particular situation and the location and type of doors and windows you are sealing. Learn more about different strategies and materials from the Energy Savers guide, savehouseholdenergy.com, or Consumer Energy Center.

    If you are a renter, there are temporary fixes for simple sealing projects, like using plastic window film or rope caulking, or laying a rolled up towel to stop drafts below doors. Air sealing strategies that are more permanent should have landlord approval.

    Watch this door weatherstripping video or window/door weatherstripping video to learn more.

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    Seal and insulate air leaks at attic and/or basement access points
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    Access points for the attic and basement can allow for air leakage between conditioned and unconditioned spaces in your home. If you have a door to your attic or a pull-down stairway, insulating it can be a big energy saver! You can purchase insulated stairway covers online or learn how to do it yourself.

    Watch this video to learn how to install weatherstripping on your attic door.

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