Weatherizing your home will save energy and money.
There are two main aspects of weatherization: air sealing and insulation. Air sealing means making sure that your home doesn't have leaks. All but the tightest of homes let far more air than necessary move in and out. In winter, the inside air (that you have spent lots of money warming up) moves out, while cold outside air moves in. In summer, it's the hot, humid outdoor air moving in while cooler indoor air moves out.
Sealing air leaks is the first priority in weatherization because a house with all the insulation in the world will still waste energy and be uncomfortable if cold winter air can move in right past the insulation through leaks. Air leaks also contribute to moisture problems that can lead to mold or rot. Once leaks are under control, insulation can do its job in keeping indoor temperatures stable at a comfortable level.
Weatherization will help you to:
- have a more comfortable home
- use much less energy
- save money
- do the right thing for the environment
Those who get an energy audit and complete weatherization projects see an annual savings of approximately $900.
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Efficiency Vermont –Three steps to get started
Window Inserts – Vermont and New Hampshire have some of the oldest housing stock in the nation, which means many residents suffer high heating bills and can still barely keep their homes warm— an issue that is particularly urgent for low-income residents and seniors. Efficiency Vermont has more information about making your windows and doors more efficient.