Weatherizing Your Home Saves Money

Posted on October 30, 2019 by admin


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Today, on National Weatherization Day, and in an effort to determine how to better utilize our taxpayer dollars, I took a tour of The School for Energy Efficiency on Railroad Hill Road in Waterbury. The school, founded by Wesson Energy, helps companies and individuals capitalize on the growing interest in cost savings through improved energy efficiency.

Right now, people across Waterbury spend significant amounts of money to stay warm all winter and the state spends a lot of money on fuel assistance programs. Unfortunately, many of the homes with the greatest need are not weatherized, or don’t have enough insulation and weatherization to adequately protect against cold New England winters. Essentially, your hard-earned money is going right out the window!

I recently saw a statistic that 66% of Waterbury homes were built prior to 1970 which means before the national push for increased energy efficiency and awareness. My understanding is that 50% of the people in Waterbury that utilize the program for heating assistance are senior citizens, but these programs can benefit everyone.

According to officials at BantamWesson, people save an average of $510 after performing weatherization assessments and repairs.

As temperatures have already started dropping, now is a good time to check your home’s energy efficiency. Windows, doors, and electrical outlets are all common areas for your cool/warm air to escape, causing air conditioning units and heaters to work harder which increases your energy usage.

Weatherizing can help keep energy use down without sacrificing comfort. Please know that both United Illuminating and Eversource offer a low-cost in-home assessment service, called Home Energy Solutions, and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) offers the Weatherization Assistance Program.

During the in-home visit, authorized contractors may make on-the-spot energy improvements, such as:

  • Sealing gaps and spaces around openings, between joists, etc.
  • Installing energy-saving LED light bulbs
  • Installing water-saving showerheads and faucet aerators
  • Performing health and safety tests on heating equipment

To learn more about these programs:

BantamWesson, – https://www.bantamwesson.com/

The School for Energy Efficiency – http://www.tsfee.com/

EnergizeCT.com or call: 1-877-WISE-USE – www.energizect.com

DEEP’s Weatherization Assistance Program – https://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=4405&Q=569064&deepNav_GID=2121