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Homes with attached garages lead to energy waste.

The effort that goes into insulating the outside of the house is not often extended to the garage.

That's a mistake and here is why:

If you insulate the floor above your unheated garage, it will help reduce the energy costs for the other insulated parts of the home. (Source: How Stuff Works.)

- Caulk or foam up the bottom edges of the drywall next to the concrete.

- Add gaskets to receptacles on both sides of the wall. That helps in keeping stinky "garage air" out of the house.

- Caulk around the trim of the door and add weather-stripping.

- The door from the garage into the house is more important to repair or replace than other entry doors.

- Please insulate any home entry doors and/or garage doors.