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Weatherization Isn’t Just For Winter

Keep your cool, weatherization is just as important in summer as it is in the winter. It can reduce your summer energy bills and make your home feel cooler without turning down the thermostat this summer.

Over the weekend AIRE staff joined forces with the Washingtonian Magazine’s award winning Energy Masters.  Arlington Energy Masters are volunteers with Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment (ACE).  From caulking to gaskets, these skilled volunteers help retrofit units in Arlington apartment buildings to reduce energy use, water use, increase comfort, and help residents save money.

The weatherization offers time for volunteers to make changes in the units as well as talk with residents.   The energy and water-saving improvements have already started to pay off.  A building where the volunteers worked last May is reporting a 5% average decrease in residents’ utility bills.  

Here are some easy DIY weatherization tips that you can do this summer at home:

                     Adjust the thermostat to 78 during the day and slightly higher temperatures at night when sleeping.

                     Check the direction of ceiling fans: in the summer, blades should rotate in a ‘reverse’ counter-clockwise motion.

                     Replace the air filter in the home on a monthly basis.

                     Install draft reducing gaskets on light switches and outlets.

                     Weatherize exterior doors to keep the heat out. 

                     Install CFL or LED lights, which use 5 times less electricity, last much longer, and produce less heat than an ordinary light.

                     Install low flow shower heads and faucet aerators to reduce water usage.

                     Set your water heater to 120 degrees.

Is your home drafty in winter? Too warm in summer? Do your heating and cooling systems seem to run constantly? It’s probably a good time to weatherize.

Join Arlington Energy Masters and get trained on weatherization, click this link for more info.

By: Adam Segel-Moss

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