I am sharing this information with you and holding a giveaway for you because I like these products. I received a kit identical to the winners; however, all opinions are my own.
After a long, long, snowy cold winter we went right from scraping ice off of our cars to sweltering in one week. Of course. That’s how we roll here in Michigan.
We all flipped the switch from heat to cool on the thermostat and the ants made a beeline (or antline, I guess) for the indoors. Unless your home is sealed well, the cold blows out and the ants come marching in with ease.
I got a notice from Consumers Energy that other houses this size in my neighborhood used LESS energy over the past three months than I did. What?! We have been very conscious this winter about saving energy so we can save enough money to buy a farm. Some of the extra energy is unavoidable because I stay home, and we don’t use a programmable thermostat. I am not willing to freeze or sweat all day, so the temperature stays consistent. Also our home is quite small, and four people in a house this size is a bit of a ‘squish’. But still… we obviously have work to do!
Back to the giant posterboard.
We switched out our light bulbs, but we must be losing energy somewhere else for our electric bill to be higher than usual. Our windows are only about 7 years old and are energy efficient. I looked at the Dow GREAT STUFF™ checklist to make sure we had everything covered. I knew right away our home could be sealed better since we had a bunch of ants.
They must be coming in from somewhere; and if they are coming in; hot or cold air is leaking out. The culprit seems to be something called a ‘hose bib’; which in my mind is the outdoor faucet the hose hooks up to. A little PestBlock and we were good to go! It’s not a pesticide; it’s a sealant that bugs do not like. So the bugs give up, and go climb into your neighbor’s house instead.
Just kidding. Don’t tell your neighbor I said that. Just get some PestBlock and discretely apply it; it’s very easy when you follow the directions on the checklist. You can print off the checklist and take it around your house to see what you need to get all sealed up. You might also need Gaps & Cracks, which can be used both indoors and outside.
And once you seal up all of your leaks, gaps, and cracks – clean up after yourself with Work Wipes which are specially designed to get that foam goop off of places it shouldn’t be.
Do you want to try these products? Of course you do! The good people at Dow (I know they’re good; because they’re from Michigan) have provided enough GREAT STUFF kits for me to give away to you guys! To enter you’ll need to go to the GREAT STUFF™ checklist and find one thing you need to do around your house; enter using the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!