If you’ve ever had the unfortunate experience of opening your utility bill and seeing a number much higher than you expected, it might be time to check your home’s energy efficiency and think about weatherizing.
What Is Home Energy Efficiency?
Put simply, home energy efficiency refers to your home’s ability to use as little energy as possible for its various utilities and functions. This includes things like plumbing, lighting, heating/cooling, and powering various appliances and electronics.
There are a lot of things that can affect your house’s efficiency, from the type of appliances you use to regular maintenance (or lack thereof) to your own habits and lifestyle. A more energy-efficient home helps keep your utility bills low and also helps reduce pollution and energy waste.
What Is Weatherization?
Weatherization is the process of making your home more energy efficient. The best weatherization techniques for your home will depend largely on where you live. A few examples include:
- replacing old appliances with newer, energy-efficient models
- regularly cleaning and maintaining appliances
- fixing leaky water fixtures
- sealing doors and windows
- installing LED bulbs in light fixtures
- using a smart thermostat
While some of those changes might seem relatively small and insignificant, they make a big difference over an extended period of time. Certain changes (like replacing appliances) might require an up-front investment, but will almost certainly save you money in the long run.
In addition to reducing your energy costs, weatherization makes your home more comfortable. That’s especially true in places that regularly experience extreme temperatures, like Arizona. What’s more, weatherizing your home can increase your home’s market value.
FSL's Home Energy Solutions Helps Seniors With Weatherization
Weatherizing your home can be a big (and potentially expensive) endeavor for anyone, but especially for seniors. FSL’s Home Energy Solutions program helps seniors save money and live more comfortably and safely by connecting them with the resources they need to make their homes more energy efficient.
If you or a loved one is struggling with high utility bills or are unable to maintain a comfortable temperature in their home, call today to see how we can help.
Established in 1974, FSL is dedicated to providing integrated, customized care for those who need it in the Phoenix area. We offer a wide range of home- and community-based services, including:
- Affordable housing options
- Nutritious meal programs
- Health & Wellness programs
- Senior centers
- Recreation programs
- Support for caregivers
These services are designed to enable Arizonans of all ages to live happier, healthier, more independent lives. So, if you or someone you know is struggling to have their needs met, don’t hesitate to contact us and find out how we can help you. And if you’re looking to give back, consider donating or volunteering your time to our mission. We can’t wait to work with you!