October 5th is Energy Efficiency Day. For the last seven years, this day has been used by individuals and teams working with efficient technologies and services in the growing clean energy industry to showcase the benefits of Energy Efficiency.
Here at American Efficient, we want to highlight home air sealing, a sub-set of the category of efficiency measures commonly called “weatherization.”
Building envelope airtightness is important for residential energy use, occupant health, and comfort, yet 90% of U.S. homes leak air. Air gaps account for as much as 30% of the energy used to heat and cool homes. If one added up all the leaks, holes, and gaps in a typical American home, the resulting air leakage would be the equivalent of leaving a window open every day of the year!
Air sealing products include caulk, foam and weatherstripping. These materials are some of the least expensive efficiency products at most hardware stores – and are easy to use. Moreover, weatherizing one’s home is one of the most impactful things American homeowners can do to make their homes more comfortable and efficient. On this EE Day, let’s remember that small individual actions can have a large collective impact.