Heating Hack: How to Quickly and Easily Insulate Around Outlets

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Hey there! We've got an incredibly cool insulation trick just for you to beat that never-ending winter chill!

Insulating your outlet covers is like giving your house a snug, fuzzy blanket. It's super easy and won't break the bank, but the benefits are seriously awesome!

By adding insulation to those electrical outlets, you're keeping the precious warmth right where it belongs — inside your home! Say goodbye to pesky heat escaping through those sneaky little gaps.

So, why wait? Let's get this insulation party started! You'll be amazed at how such a simple project can make a world of difference in keeping you warm and cozy.

Becky at Flipping the Flip shared this tutorial on how to insulate your outlet covers. It’s surprising how insulating these covers can make a huge impact on your heating bills!

Get your socket sealers here and follow this simple tutorial.

How to insulate your outlets

Outlet Insulation

**Before you begin any work with outlets, make sure you shut the power to the outlets and switches you’ll be insulating.

1. Remove Outlet Covers

Unscrew and remove your switch plates/outlet covers.

Insulation covering

2. Prepare Insulation Cover

Choose the insulation cover for the outlet you’re covering and pop out the rectangle that corresponds to your switch plate.

Stick the insulator cover to the outlet

3. Add the Insulator Cover

Next, you just need to stick the insulator cover onto the outlet

4. Re-attach the switch plate

You're done!

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For double outlets or switches, fit the insulator over the switch…

Double switch outlet with insulation

… and cut to size so both insulators can fit side by side. Re-attach the switch plate.

Heating Hack: How to quickly and easily insulate around outlets

That’s it! Your newly insulated outlets and switches will not only cut out drafts but will save you money. Happy insulating!

See the full blog post here: http://humboldtartdept.blogspot.co.il/2014/12/save-20-on-your-utilities.html

Socket sealers

Get your socket sealers here & start saving!

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  • Sharyn Curry-Ludlow Sharyn Curry-Ludlow on Feb 03, 2018

    I want to eliminate a side by side switch and just place a blank cover on one side - One

    of the plates needs to be cut

    to size to fit. My question is:

    what would you suggest I use

    to cut the plate? To narrow it.

  • Jacquelyne May Jacquelyne May on Feb 07, 2019

    Why not just recycle some foam/styrofoam and cut it to the right shape then fit it in?

    Is this more of an ad for a product?

  • Tonya Higuera Tonya Higuera on Feb 20, 2019

    Will this also help keep the A/C inside during the summer months?

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  • Joan Joan on Sep 30, 2022

    I also use those little plastic child-proof covers that are meant to keep kids from sticking things into the outlet on any outlet that doesn't have something plugged into it - especially those outlets on the outside walls. Cold air does come in through the outlet holes.

  • Linda Moore Linda Moore on Oct 01, 2022

    Great idea