We have been writing a lot about home weatherization lately and you may be wondering why. The answer is simple: Home weatherization will save you money (and reduce energy consumption, never a bad thing.) While the so-called “experts” tell us that the we’ve turned the economic corner, many Indianapolis-area residents are still finding it hard to deal with their ever-increasing utility costs.
Additionally, weatherization provides long-term solutions to energy and non-energy issues for low-income households. Challenges such as unsafe combustion systems or mold and moisture problems are addressed during the weatherization process when necessary.
Currently, weatherization returns $2.73 for every $1 invested in the program:
- $1.67 in reduced energy bills
- $1.06 in non-energy benefits
- Increased local employment
- Improved housing quality
- Better health and safety
A weatherized home can save the average household up to $350 a year, and reduce space heating costs by 32%. And for homeowners on a tight budget, assistance programs are available to help with the cost to weatherize your home.
Indiana’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) enables low-income families to permanently reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy-efficient. Weatherization funds are used to accomplish the mission of WAP: To reduce energy costs for low-income families, particularly for the elderly, people with disabilities, and children, by improving the energy efficiency of their homes while ensuring their health and safety.
Visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Online Information Center for more information about weatherization and Weatherization Assistance Programs.
When you are ready, Thiele Heating & Air Conditioning can help improve the efficiency of your heating and air conditioning system as part of your weatherization program. Whether it’s inspecting and cleaning your furnace to increase its efficiency, or replacing an old central heating and cooling system with a new, ENERGY STAR® rated ventilation system, we’re here when you need us. Call (317) 639-1111 or visit our website, www.CallThiele.com.