Volunteers from the WGL family of companies will be bringing the warmth of home improvement to hundreds of local residents who might otherwise have difficulty staying warm this winter.
WGL’s fifth annual Day of Weatherization will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017. The event was created to help prepare homes of low-income and elderly residents for winter. Hundreds of employees, including company leadership, volunteer to weatherize homes in the Washington, D.C., area. To date, more than 685 homes have received assistance from WGL.
During the event, our volunteers will perform simple home improvement tasks to help homeowners manage energy costs and to stay safe, warm and dry when winter weather arrives.
Winter is around the corner, so take a moment today to make sure your home is ready for the upcoming cold weather. Use these tips, some of which will be performed by WGL volunteers during the Day of Weatherization, to increase energy efficiency and reduce energy costs in your home, too:
Clean your gutters
• Remove any build up in your gutters to avoid water leaks in your home.
Prevent air leaks from your windows
• Apply caulk around the outside edges of the window casing.
• For double-hung windows: Install foam weather stripping to the tracks and bottom of the sash. For non-double-hung windows: install window film or use a heavy-duty, clear plastic over the windows.
Prevent air leaks from your doors
• Apply caulk to the outside edges of your door casing.
• Install weather stripping to the inside of the doorjamb.
• Add a door sweep to the bottom of your doors to avoid under-door drafts.
Change your furnace filters regularly
• A dirty filter will decrease air flow and energy efficiency.
Other areas to improve efficiency
• Install foam gaskets behind outlet and switch plates.
• Add insulation to the back of your attic door.
• If you have a fireplace, keep the damper closed and glass doors tightly to avoid air leaks.
• Replace outdoor bulbs with ENERGY STAR bulbs.
For updates on the day’s activities, follow the conversation on Twitter @wglenergy or @WGLanswers, under #DayofWeatherization and #EnergyAnswers.
U.S. Department of Energy. 2014, September 24). Cozy Up to Colder Weather: 5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Fall and Winter. Retrieved October 25, 2017, from https://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/cozy-colder-weather-5-ways-prepare-your-home-fall-and-winter-part-1