Last Friday was National Weatherization Day, which brought attention to the cost-saving and environmental benefits of:
- Weather stripping and caulking
- Properly insulating your home
- Reducing electricity use
- Replacing incandescent light bulbs with CFLs
- Buying energy-efficient appliances
- And other ways to save energy and money at home.
In this video, Matt Rogers, a senior advisor at DOE, talks about the benefits of weatherization and how it provides a high return on investment for home owners. He says that for every one dollar invested in weatherization and energy efficiency practices, consumers get 30 cents back per year. Additionally, Matt mentions that weatherization has become a national priority by creating new jobs, reducing our environmental footprint, and making our homes more live able.
Also, DOE Secretary Steven Chu's Op-Ed was published in last Friday's Huffington Post. Secretary Chu even talks about his day-to-day efforts to save money and energy at home through weatherization practices.
- A slideshow illustrating weatherization work in Las Cruces, New Mexico
- How an energy-efficiency window company is saving home owners' energy and money
- One of the first production builders in the United States to offer zero-energy construction as an optional upgrade on every home it builds
Although Friday marked our nation's "official" weatherization day, it's important to remember that we only truly realize the value of saving money and energy at home when we make these weatherization and energy efficiency behaviors part of our day-to-day lives.