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    Default How to insulate "old work" Outlet Boxes & Keystone Low Voltage Bracket/Plate

    How can I insulate reftro fitted "old work" outlet boxes and Keystone Plate/Bracket.

    My 2nd floor is "cape cod" styled, meaning it is part of the attic with dormers. I just installed several Keystone plates (for 2 Cat6 & 1 coax) per plate -- I think I should have used an electrical box but didn't want to risk abrasion/pinching of Cat6 wires coming into the box. I now have a general problem of trying to insulate the plate - basically, the attic is open to the outdoors, and I have North Va weather (28 low, 95 high).

    I also plan to add a few "old work" electrical boxes. Any ideas to insulate these wall penetrations ?

    My gas company sent a "usage" letter saying I use 3x the amount of gas of my neighbors (1964 house, leaking storm window frames) during Nov-Jan, and the average house temp is 69-70 during when the hot-water system is on, controlled by set-back thermostat.

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    Default Re: How to insulate "old work" Outlet Boxes & Keystone Low Voltage Bracket/Plate

    "My gas company sent a "usage" letter saying I use 3x the amount of gas of my neighbors (1964 house, leaking storm window frames) during Nov-Jan, and the average house temp is 69-70 during when the hot-water system is on, controlled by set-back thermostat."

    Is the Gas company comparing apple to apple? No two homes are the same, number of people, habits of use, etc.
    But 3 times is a reason to investigate.

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    Default Re: How to insulate "old work" Outlet Boxes & Keystone Low Voltage Bracket/Plate

    I just received a similar letter from the local utility comparing my gas and electric usage with others in my area based on square footage. It had a graph showing usage for the last year or so compared with neighbors. And telling me I should buy new refrigerators if I have any over 10 years old.

    My thought was mind your own f*ing business.

    That being said, if your attic has no insulation, you have more issues and adding insulated boxes won't have much impact.

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