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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 energy use.

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