Students help each other and learn together while weatherizing homes from the class.  (Courtesy photo/Loren Anderson)                                                                          

In Northern Arizona, spring is an optimal time for home weatherization. Weatherization will help keep homes cool in the hot summer months. And with the monsoon rains right around the corner, it’s also a good time to check for roof leaks.

Red Feather Development Group, a nonprofit organization in association with Arizona Public Service is hosting a free home weatherization workshop in Tuba City, June 18 and 19. Participants learn how to weatherize their homes and improve the energy efficiency of their homes. The two day workshops are free and every attendee will receive a weatherization kit (valued at $150) upon completing the class. Advance registration is required.

During the class, members work on two of the attendee’s homes. They assess the challenges, plan the work, execute the work and measure the energy efficiency gained.”

At a recent Shongopavi weatherization workshop, one family had a 36 percent increase in energy efficiency after completing the weatherization techniques of window sealing, door weather stripping replacement, and covering drafty holes where pipes and fittings went to the outside. Homeowner Marjorie Joseph said, “We all had fun, and what a difference a small effort can make!”

Weatherization is the process of identifying and sealing air leaks, and adding insulation to reduce a home’s energy use. The result is reduced utility bills and less energy consumption which means less air pollution both in and outside the home.

Special attention is given to how to make the home healthier in the process of sealing it up tighter. The two weatherization measures that generate the most energy savings are sealing leaks and adding insulation. These measures are largely invisible and much of the work can be completed by any homeowner.

According to Red Feather Development Group, the average older, unweatherized home leaks air at a rate equal to a four-foot square hole in the wall. Low income households spend nearly 14 percent of their total annual income on energy costs. The average household can save $350 or more per year on energy after the home is weatherized.

For more information and registration, visit redfeather.org or call 928-440-5122.

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