#ActAndSave: Snow and Blizzard

#ActAndSave: Snow and Blizzard

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With extreme snow and blizzard conditions in the forecast for the [enter region] for the next [date range], it is a great time to consider how well equipped your home is to deal with this extreme weather—and what you and your family can do to 'storm-proof' your house or apartment, while improving comfort, saving money, and reducing the strain on your furnace at the same time.

Installing storm proof windows can save 12%-33% annually on heating and cooling bills an average savings of $42-$83

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Recommendation

Start by improving your home’s insulation and sealing any drafts. According to experts this is the best way to lower your energy bills while keeping your house warm and cozy this winter. Take on the biggest culprits in the home first:

  • Draft proof your home by sealing gaps around windows and doors and other building penetrations with caulk or weather stripping to keep the cold air out, and the warm air in.
    • Be sure to weather strip double-hung windows to save as much as $83 each year on energy bills.
  • Add insulation to your attic and/or walls to stay warm while also saving up to 30% on winter heating costs. Also, adding insulation above the ceiling can increase roof ventilation to make the roof area warmer, and prevent ice buildup.
  • Insulate water pipes to prevent freezing, while also saving energy and money on water heating.
  • Consider installing storm-proof windows for an added layer of insulation and protection. These can save up to 33% annually on heating.
Take Action
  1. Get informed: Whether you are a DIY kind of family, or looking to hire a local contractor to do the work, starting with the right information is essential:
    1. Know your performance: Check your recent utility bills, or search for your address on home energy performance sites like myutilityscore.com or clearlyenergy.com to see how your house stacks up.
    2. There are helpful tips and resources at ENERGY STAR’s online “Home Energy Knowledge Center”, where you can match your biggest concerns with the best home energy improvement project. Or, check out the best recommendations by zip code provided by the US Department of Energy.
    3. Consider a home energy audit where a certified Home Energy Rating System (HERS) or Home Energy Solutions (HES) professional can identify the right improvements to save energy and money in your home.
    4. See what financing options you may quality for, with the Database of State incentives, your local electric utility, or options from traditional lending institutions.
  2. Act: Ready to take on your home improvement? Here are a few things to consider:
    1. Hiring help? Find a qualified contractor in your area with like BPI-certified contractors.
    2. Going the DIY route? The DOE’s DIY energy saver guide includes project tips, material guides, and more.
  3. Share: Snap a picture and tell us what you’re doing to improve your home’s performance this winter—tagging us at [fill in network’s social media username]. We may feature your project in an upcoming news segment.

Insulating hot water pipes can save 3-4% annually on your water heating bill an average of $8-$12

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Relevant Resources
Quick Facts

Source: US Department of Energy

  • Sealing uncontrolled air leaks can save you 10-20% on annual heating bills, realizing an average annual savings of $83-$166.
  • Weatherstripping double-hung windows can save 5-10% annually on heating bills, an average savings of $42-$83.
  • Insulating hot water pipes can save 3-4% annually on your water heating bill, an average of $8—$12.
  • Installing storm proof windows can save 12%-33% annually on heating and cooling bills, for an average savings of $100-$274.
Social Media Posts

Establish a hashtag for your network in order to share these and similar tips with viewers and followers:

  • Did you know that sealing uncontrolled air leaks in your home can save 10-20% on annual heating bills, and save $83-166 annually? #ActAndSave

  • Top tips for cutting your heating bills this winter: http://bit.ly/2kXib9g #ActAndSave

  • Get prepared for the next cold snap by installing storm windows, they're easy to install and cost just a fraction of replacement windows. http://bit.ly/2AUPmkW #ActAndSave

  • STOP THE DRAFTS and get those cold rooms back in use —seal gaps around windows and doors, add insulation to the attic/walls, or purchase a programmable thermostat: http://bit.ly/2iyDGQ6 #ActAndSave

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