Check with your power company, your county, state, and nonprofit organizations to see if there are any free weatherization programs available. I did and had my house completely weatherized (insulation, solar attic fan, window repair and more) for free. These programs require an application process. In some cases, there are funds available for more energy-efficient appliances, such as a furnace. The weatherization is focused on making the house airtight, to plug up leaks around windows, attics, doors, and walls. There could be a 30% savings in energy with weatherization.
By Mary from Kensington, MD
Most areas have Community Action Agencies in each county which get grants to provide weatherization services to low income households.
We got our weatherization done free by our local county agency, about a year ago. Hubby still complains about the new fridge, which seems cheap to him, especially when compared to the one it replaced. I'm very happy with the furnace, though. It has a tactile thermostat, so even I can tell whether it's set on 68 or 74, lol! Our heat and electricity bills are definitely down, but we're still trying to get used to having to violently slam the front door just to get it to latch. Everything got replaced except for the hot water heater because there were unexpected fixes that sapped the overall weatherization budget. I don't think they did too badly, though, considering that our house is probably about 150 years old!
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