What Are Weatherization and Remediation Services?
Our energy audits identify the areas where a building loses conditioned air. The upgrades that stop these losses from happening are collectively called weatherization or remediation. Most often, this includes air sealing with leak or spray foam, adding insulation to attics, walls & crawlspaces, insulating water lines, adding vent dampers to exhaust ports, improving attic access weatherstrips, and many other solutions.
A broader definition is to say that weatherization or remediation services are cost-effective energy efficiency measures applied to existing residential, multifamily housing, and commercial buildings. They include a wide variety of energy efficiency upgrades that encompass the building envelope, its heating and cooling systems, electrical system, and electricity consuming appliances. In other words, the full range of energy efficiency measures in buildings that apply to all homes and buildings.
How Much Do The Weatherization and Remediations Services Cost?
The typical cost for these services average around $2,500. This is far less than the cost of replacing windows or adding solar energy and gives similar or better reductions in utility costs. Clients that have completed both an energy audit and remediation see reductions in their utility bills near the 20%-30% range.
What Are Examples of Energy Efficiency Upgrades?
Typical examples of the efficiency upgrades we provide on a daily basis include:
- Air Sealing
- Attic Insulation
- Attic Access Insulation
- Weatherstripping Doors
- High Efficiency Windows
- Solar Hot Water Heating
- Duct Sealing
- Low Flow Faucets
- Low Flow Shower Heads
- High Efficiency Pet Doors
- High Efficiency Mail Slots
- Vapor Barriers
- Many More…
Often the buildings receiving attention from an energy audit are old and in need of repair. Our clean energy consultants check major energy systems with highly specialized testing tools to ensure occupant safety. They view the house as a system under the concept of “whole-house weatherization.” These analyses take the whole-house approach, which maximizes energy and dollar savings. Because of this rigorous approach and analyses backing it up, weatherization has become a leader in advancing home energy science and in helping spawn a new industry providing home energy efficiency services to the wider public.