The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will provide $16.8 billion
for energy efficiency and renewable energy related programs and
activities. Nearly one third of that money is slated to go to the
Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), which assists low-income
families who lack resources to invest in energy efficiency. While
applauded by many politicians, many Americans are left asking themselves
what weatherization is and how we, too, can do something about our
Even if you don't qualify for the WAP, it's a good idea to weatherize
your home. In the simplest definition, weatherization (or "weatherproofing"
as some call it) is the practice of protecting your home from the
elements. Done properly, weatherization can save as much as 20%
on your energy bill!
You don't have to invest in all new technology to start saving.
Simple procedures like caulking and sealing cracks and gaps near
doors and windows will make a big change in your ability to keep
conditioned air in and the outdoor air out.
If you find that more costly upgrades are required, tax advantages
may be available to you for certain investments. For more information
on weatherization and what you can do to start saving money, visit