Easy, Low-Cost Weatherization Tips

Top home weatherization tips:

Start with an Energy Audit - Conduct a do-it-yourself energy audit or hire a certified professional auditor; there is value to both of these approaches. You can spot and fix many problems on your own with a simple walk-through of your house.

The energy audit weatherization tip focuses on tightening up your home. You'll cut your heating and cooling costs by 15 to 30 percent and increase your comfort at the same time.

Air Leaks - FIX those small cracks and openings in your home's outer shell. They can add up to nearly 30% of total heat loss.

Use caulk or weather stripping to seal up any air leaks around window frames, baseboard moldings, doors, attic access hatches, electrical outlets and switches on exterior walls.

Do the same with wall- or window-mounted air conditioners, and plumbing and wiring penetrations through insulated ceilings, floors, and walls.

Door and Window Efficiency - If your windows have life left in them, or your budget doesn't allow for high efficiency window replacements (which, by the way, can take years to pay back in savings, even with rebates), you can have just as effective a result by installing storm windows and exterior doors.

Review my Window Insulation Tips for several effective strategies to improve your window efficiency AFFORDABLY.

ENERGY STAR - I am a big advocate of the ENERGY STAR program and all its trimmings. Amongst other products and equipment, ENERGY STAR-labeled windows, doors and skylights use a "plethora" of advanced technologies to increase the comfort of your home and reduce your energy bill up to 15 percent.

Plus, all ENERGY STAR labeled windows, doors and skylights placed into service in the last few years qualify for federal tax credits.

Insulation - Make sure your ceilings and walls are properly insulated. This means improving the R-value in your home's exterior envelope. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating effectiveness and the lower your heating and cooling costs.

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