How to Reduce Your Heating and Electric Costs Using Sheetrock Mud

Homeowners know that when the temperatures drop the costs rise. People who own older homes can do something to keep those costs down though. It’s as easy as spackling!

Sheetrock mud is a joint compound that can be used to fill in seems, cracks, gaps, and holes. These are what let the cold air into your home. They also are letting the much needed heat out.

Here’s what you can do. Take a travel trip to your local hardware store. Ask for sheetrock compound. Make sure to grab a spackling tool too. The total cost will be minimal.

Once you get home you are ready to start. Simply open the pail of mud with your tool in hand and start searching for cracks, holes, gaps, seems, or anything else that looks as if it can potentially let cold air in or heat out. Pay close attention to the areas of your home that feel the coolest. Use your hand to literally feel for drafts. The areas around the windows and doors generally let the most heat out. The seems between pieces of paneling can too, especially if your home is not well insulated. When the crack is a thin and narrow one, or a corner crack, you can easily use your finger to fill it in.

Fill all of them in and let your savings build. When no heat escapes and no cold air comes in you save money by spending less money to heat your home.

There is a catch, and it’s not clean up. Clean up of mud is very simply and easy. Just use soap and warm water. Nope, the catch is that once you have filled in all of the seems and such in your home your walls will be spotted with white filled in areas. The catch is that you’ll need to repaint or re-wallpaper after you have made this home improvement.

Don’t all good things seem to come with a catch? Well, that’s how it goes with home improvement. You’ll save lots of money in the end by cutting those heating and electric costs. You’ll make a long lasting improvement to your home that potentially increases it’s value. You’ll be providing your family with more warmth and a better financial future and the catch is that you’ll have to repaint. I think it is worth it. In the end, you’ll have all I just mentioned and great looking freshly redone walls too. It’s definitely worth it. The entire project won’t take long, especially if you can avoid totally repainting by simply touching up with matching paint in the areas you’ve mudded. The whole project will cost less than one hundred dollars too. That’s great when it will save you hundreds each year! Stay warm and take care J

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