With warmer weather on the horizon, it’s time to start thinking about how to reduce cooling costs. Taking steps to weatherize and increase the energy efficiency of your home can lower your utility bill leaving more money available to reduce credit card debt. There are many cheap and simple weatherization tasks for a house or apartment that you can complete on your own in a single weekend.
What is Weatherization?
The word “weatherization” is long and technical sounding. All it really means is sealing cracks and insulating to reduce inefficient air and heat transfer between inside and outside. It is not necessary to make complex home renovations. Most weatherization projects require little more than a few inexpensive tools and materials available at any hardware store.
Even minimal weatherizing can go a long way to saving you money all year long. Both heating and cooling costs are reducible. So no matter the season, you’ll have a little more money each month to use for managing credit card debt.
Weatherization Ideas & Resources
The U.S. Department of Energy website provides tons of information about energy efficiency in the home. The Weatherization page has specific projects for weatherizing your home as well as tips to help you start the process.
How to DIY Weatherize Your Home
Most home weatherization projects are simple enough to do on your own. Many of them can be done in an afternoon and require very little in terms of equipment. Others are slightly more complicated but are achievable with just a little instruction. Projects range from sealing air ducts to caulking windows or sealing up door cracks.
The Home Depot offers multiple how-to weatherizing videos online. You can also get in-person advice at most hardware stores. YouTube is another great source of longer, more in-depth how-to videos. Just search for the specific weatherization task you’d like to start.
Doing the work to weatherize your home on your own can seem a little intimidating. The savings are worth it though, so you can stay cool while getting out of credit card debt.
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