DIY Home Weatherization & Energy Efficiency

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Part 1: Home Weatherization Citizens Utility

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Assessing your home energy is crucial to learn how you can improve your home's energy efficiency, how to save money on your heating and cooling bills how to make your home a healthier and safer environment to thrive in. Take a hard look at your current energy consumption and the current state of your home. How long has it been since you've investigated the health of your heating appliance? Is your attic well insulated? How well-sealed are your windows and doors? A thorough visual inspection for attic, wall, crawlspace, foundation, basement, window, door and roof problems will create insight to what may need to be fixed, sealed or updated. An in-depth energy home energy assessment is the first step to identifying what your home needs most. This is the recommended starting point before diving into home improvement projects. 

 

Here's where to start:

  • Review your home's energy bills to assess home performance and potential savings

  • Visual inspection for attic, wall, crawlspace, foundation, basement, window, door and roof problems

  • Determine air leakage by conducting a blower-door test

  • Have infrared scans done to detect home insulation levels and possible sources of air leaks

  • Have efficiency and safety tests completed for combustion appliances

DIY Checks & Inspections

Besides hiring a home energy professional to conduct a comprehensive energy audit, there are inspections you can take on yourself to identify potential issues in your home that need addressed. 

  • Check attic insulation levels

  • Check wall insulation levels

  • Check for air leaks 

Use EnergyStar's DIY guides to tackle these three projects.​

After you have identified what kind of projects need to be completed for your home improvement, determine what projects will provide the highest energy savings and comfort opportunities to help prioritize projects. It is wise to start with attic sealing and then insulation, as this provides the highest level of opportunity and is usually accessible. Sealing and insulating your attic will not only greatly improve your home's effectiveness of heating and cooling, but will also make your energy bills cheaper. 

Use EnergyStar's DIY guides to tackle these three projects.​

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DIY Home Projects

Air Sealing Your Attic

Seal Behind Window & Door Trim

Insulating Your Attic

Apply Plastic Over Windows

Sealing & Insulating Crawlspace or Basement

Air Sealing Plumbing Pipes

Seal Your Ducting

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Seasonal energy tips

Whatever the season, CUB has excellent tips for saving money on energy costs and energy conservation.

energystar home improvement advisor

Use this tool to assess your home and get customized recommendations for energy efficiency improvements

Consulting

Get free help understanding your home energy bills.

Contact the Citizens Utility Board for a free energy bill consultation!

(651) 300-4701 Extension 2 

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