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    TOM: Even in the middle of chilly weather you can make improvements that help your home hold on to heat. Hi, I’m Tom Kraeutler.

    LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete with today’s Money Pit Home Improvement Minute.

    TOM: Don’t let the cold hold you back from improving your home’s heating efficiency. Attic insulation is one way to make a difference. Fifteen to 20 inches is recommended, and most homes don’t have anywhere near that amount.

    LESLIE: Now, it might be too cold outside to caulk, but you can certainly seal drafts inside by applying weather stripping around your windows and caulking along baseboard molding. Also install foam gaskets behind outlets and switches on exterior walls.

    TOM: Heating ducts get leaky, too, so seal the gaps with UL 181 tape. It looks like silver foil and won’t degrade or crack or fall off like duct tape.

    LESLIE: Finally, if you’ve got a fireplace, seal it by keeping those dampers closed between fires. I’m Leslie Segrete.

    TOM: And I’m Tom Kraeutler. For more Money Pit home improvement tips, visit

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