During hot summer months, it can cost a lot to stay cool indoors. Weatherization is a very effective way to cut the costs for cooling your home. By taking steps to increase the energy efficiency of your home, you can lower your utility bill and use those savings to reduce credit card debt. There are many cheap and simple ways to weatherize 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. There are no structural changes needed. Most weatherization projects can be done with 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 will be reduced. 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 Weatherize page has specific projects for weatherizing your home as well as tips to help you start the process.
How-To’s for DIY Weatherizing
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 can still be accomplished properly with just a little instruction.
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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