According to the US Department of Energy (energy.gov), weatherization helps you save money by saving energy and it improves the comfort of your home.
Here are the most effective ways to weatherize:
- Seal Doors and Windows
Older homes and buildings especially have a lot of gaps in the doors and windows. Reseal any gaps and it will help keep warm air from escaping.
- Replace Air Filters
A clogged air filter causes your HVAC system to work harder, longer and can cost more on your energy bill.
- Insulate the Attic
Insulation has one of the best return on investments of any weatherization project. Heat loss is typically through the roof, so an easy place to focus is on the attic area. Have you ever noticed what looks like steam coming off your roof on a cold day? This is the heat escaping and meeting the cold air. Even if you can't see it, your heat is escaping through the roof if there is no insulation in your attic.
- Change the Setting on the Water Heater
This costs nothing yet, saves money every month. Most water heaters come with the default setting of 140 degrees. The US Department of Energy recommends changing this setting to 120 degrees. Turning down the temperature from 140 F to 120 F saves you 6 to 10 percent. See more at Energy Saver at US Department of Energy.
The US Department of Energy has a Weatherization Assistance Program that reduces energy costs for low-income households by increasing the energy efficiency of their homes. This program is for renters or owners. For more information on this program, call 803-324-9767. Dept of Energy Weatherization Works Flyer
Call Rock Hill Accounts Management at 803-329-8729 to request a one-on-one consultation to learn tips on how to make your home more energy efficient.