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Put weatherization on the top of your to-do list

September 19, 2011

Reduce your home's costs this winter by making some simple energy-saving weatherization and insulation improvements before the snow falls.

Proper insulation and air sealing can create an energy-saving thermal envelope for your home. Insulation slows down the heat flow through the buildings envelope – the walls, attic, roof and basement – basically everything that surrounds the space you want to keep warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Make your home more comfortable with air sealing efforts that complement your insulation efforts, and vice versa. Proper moisture control and ventilation strategies will improve the effectiveness of air sealing and insulation, and vice versa.
A home's energy efficiency depends on a balance between all of air sealing, insulation, moisture control and ventilation. A proper balance between all of these elements will also result in a more comfortable, healthier home environment.

Learn more about energy saving techniques that you can do yourself from the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Energy Efficiency website.

 

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