SEEED: Save Energy and Money Weatherizing your Home!

Written by Taria Person
Posted by Treasure Hightower

Welcome to SEEED’s Weekly Voice!

Is your home weatherized for the soon-approaching autumn nights, or windy, winter days? …After imagining that I could hear many “yes” and “no” responses juggle throughout the air, I believe that it’s important to share a few DIY projects with you all. If you already possess a weatherized home, that’s cool; in fact, I tilt my hat to you. For anyone who answered “no,” you’re cool for visiting this site, in order to learn more about how you can save energy and money, by simply weatherizing your home!

In the United States, there’s approximately 35% of energy emitting from most homes (not properly insulated, through doors, walls, and windows. And 10% of the energy escapes through the flooring, alone. Sneaky heat and air. Think about it, the more heat and air that seeps out of weathered cracks and gaps within your home, the greater chance of financial resources draining, too.

No need for all of that, right? So, how can you save money by saving energy? A few tips are listed below:

    1. Caulk: make sure that you seal the bottom and top rim and outside edges of all windows, the gaps around electrical outlets, and any small cracks or leaks throughout your home. Be sure to scrape and clean any old caulk away, enter and squeeze the caulk gun at a 45 degree angle to plug the exposed space, smear and dry.
    2. Door Sweeps and Door Seal Tape are great tools to prevent heat and/or air leaving your thresholds and/or door jam. Note that until you get all of the supplies you need, a towel will block the breeze, as well!
    3. Plastic or other Covering over Storm Windows is a good way to save energy and money, cut unwanted drafts, and prevent you from heating all of outside.

 

 

We hope that these tips will assist in getting you started with the process of weatherizing your home before the seasons shift. If you have gained knowledge and/or enjoyed this blog, please like, share and leave a comment.

SEEED’s mission is “to create pathways out of poverty for young adults through career readiness training, while equipping communities with environmental literacy skills.”

If you know any young adult between the ages of 18-28, that would be interested in SEEED’s pilot Energy Corps Program—life and career skills, energy services classes for Weatherization, Retrofit Installation Technician, and how to test for Building Envelope and Duct Leakage—have that person apply on SEEED’s Facebook page @seeedknox, or visit our location at 1617 Dandridge Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915. For any questions, call (865) 776-5185. The next class will begin in January.

Until next time, keep growing!

Posted in SEEED's Weekly Voice, Sustainability, Weatherization.