Easy and Inexpensive Energy Saving Tip!

Hey Friends.

I hope you are doing well.  I know you are probably equally heavy hearted over the school shooting.  It is amazing how quickly our perspectives and priorities change in the face of such a tragedy.  All of my holiday stresses just don’t seem quite as important, ya know?  I feel a little guilty that it takes the loss of so many lives to make me focus on what is really most important this Christmas season.  Forgive me, Lord.

I was supposed to publish this post {per my contract with The Home Depot} on Saturday, the day after the shooting.  However, it just seemed so trivial to talk about energy saving tips in the light of what had just happened.

So I asked if I could wait until today to publish this post, and they graciously said yes.  Thank you, Home Depot, for being sensitive to this matter.


I have been so grateful to be a part of The Home Depot “Celebration of Service” program.  It has been four months of wonderful and meaningful experiences.


Like I said, today is my last post as a part of this program.

I want to share with you one of the easiest ways to save energy in your home.

Insulate your light switch and outlet covers.

insulating a switch box



Have you ever put your hand over an outlet or switch plate on an exterior wall? You can often times feel the cold air coming through the outlet or switch plate. That’s not cool. {No pun intended.}

Insulating outlets and switch plates is one of the easiest and most inexpensive things you can do to eliminate heat loss without having to re-insulate your entire home.

Check out this infrared scan that shows the cool air that can seep out of an outlet.




I made a short video to show you how to install the insulation covers to your light switches or outlets. 






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  1. Haven’t read anything about your home remodel in awhile. Just curious, what is going on with the master bedroom and the boys rooms. Also, it would be fun to see your family room.

  2. I want to say how much I appreciate that you dedicated some time to the tragedy in CT. I visited some of my other favorite blogs after visiting yours yesterday and it seemed so….tasteless? For lack of a better word – that other blogs were posting about their paint line or how busy they have been or what they refinished recently. To tell the truth I probably wouldn’t have noticed if I hadn’t visited your blog first. But you’re right. We get so caught up in the presents, decorating and what’s going on in our lives that we don’t even take time to care about what’s going on in other peoples lives. That’s not what God called us to do.
    Thank you for being a REAL christian and not being afraid to post that on your blog. You are my mentor!

  3. really cute video Traci, but especially thanks for not posting the trivial after the tragedy. I admire your Christian walk.

    Hugs, Cara Rose

  4. Whoa – I never even knew that you could insulate light switches. How awesome is that? I’ll have to talk to the husband about doing it around our house.

  5. Thank you for the information! I did not know they made these. I was just thinking the other day that I wanted to find a way to seal an outlet that I can feel cold air coming in around!
    I love your blog and I also love the fact you have boys! :) I have 3. Thanks again!

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