This regularly-scheduled sponsored column is written by the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy team (AIRE). This county program helps you make smart energy decisions that save you money and leaves a lighter footprint on the environment.
More than 200 Arlington homeowners prepared for the cold by air sealing or insulating their homes with Arlington’s Home Energy Rebates. You, too, can apply for up to $575 in rebates for added insulation and air sealing. The rebate covers 30% of the cost up to $575. You are eligible for the rebate if you spend a minimum of $200.
Insulation and air sealing photos generally aren’t the most glamourous. Nevertheless, we picked out some insulation photos from the 200+ rebate projects and placed them in the photo slider above. These will give you a sense of the types of projects that your neighbors have completed.
Do you have uneven temperatures throughout your home? Can you feel the bitter wind blowing even when to doors and windows are closed? Is your floor freezing cold? What are you waiting for!? Join other Arlingtonians that already weatherized their homes and are enjoying the benefits of year-round comfort and lower utility bills.
In most cases, the fixes aren’t complex and the cost will likely be less than you expect. In one day you can have your home insulated and be comfortable year after year.
Doesn’t my home already have insulation?
It probably has some, but 9 out of 10 homes don’t have enough. Older homes are even more likely to be deficient. Signs of inadequate insulation or air leaks include drafts, rooms that are uncomfortably cold or high energy bills.
In most houses, the attic is the easiest and most effective place to air seal and insulate.
How do I get started?
If you are handy and ready to take matters into your own hands, an insulation or air sealing project is as simple as a trip to your local store and an afternoon in your attic. ENERGY STAR has great resources to help you identify inadequate insulation, install insulation and air seal your home.
It’s that easy. Just make a decision to be comfortable and reduce your utility bills. Install insulation and/or air sealing. Apply for a rebate!