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asia world energy-Weatherizing homes reduces energy burden for customers

  1. 1. Asia World EnergyWeatherizing homes reducesenergy burden for customers
  2. 2. With the Southern Utah heat beating down, it is easy torack up a large energy bill when running air conditioningin a home, but some weatherization improvements to ahome can cut costs in more way than one.As temperatures continue to be in the mid-90s and are onthe rise, some homeowners may feel an air conditioner istheir only way to beat the heat; however, makingimprovements on seals, insulation and windows can helpcool down a home.Doug Carlson, the director for the weatherization programwith the Five County Association of Governments, saidthere is no particular time people should startweatherizing their home. Although, as seasonschange, there are some different options people can useto accommodate the weather.
  3. 3. “Probably the No. 1 thing is insulation,” Carlson said.Richard Knaub, project leader in weatherization andworkforce development at the National RenewableEnergy laboratory, said it will take more energy tomaintain a comfortable temperature if there is a largedifference between indoor and outdoor temperatures.“Adding insulation between the indoors and the outdoorsreduces the energy demand,” Knaub said. “Depending onwhere you live, the savings from insulating your walls andthe attic could be almost double the savings of airsealing.”Carlson said keeping drapes and blinds shut during theday will oftentimes help keep a home cool enough that anair-conditioning unit doesn’t have to run as long.
  4. 4. “The next thing would be to do air sealing: putweather stripping around doors,” Carlson said.“During the summer and hotter months, put asun screen up or tint on the windows to keepthe heat from coming into the windows.”According to Utah Clean Energy, a nonprofitorganization promoting clean energy, cleaningor replacing air conditioning cooling filtersmonthly will also save money on energy costs.Carlson said utility rates fluctuate, and if ratesgo up, it may not seem like homeowners aresaving money; however, homeowners would bereducing their energy burden.

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