Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast began weatherization work in 2012 through its participation of the Weatherization Innovation Pilot Program (WIPP) with Habitat for Humanity International and the US Department of Energy. The WIPP grant allowed for weatherization of up to 40 homes through July 2013.
What is weatherization?
Weatherization is a systematic approach to improve the overall energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and comfort of an existing home. Weatherization requires completing a comprehensive energy audit on an existing home. The audit analyzes and assesses how to best improve the efficiency and comfort of the home and develops a detailed list of items to fix, repair, and address. HFHMGC also works to educate home owners on energy conservation techniques and how to better operate and maintain homes to ensure the best possible performance in the future.
What kind of work makes up a Weatherization Project?
Typically, a weatherization project will include basic, non-intrusive work:
- Caulking or foaming cracks and gaps (air sealing the building envelope)
- Minor repairs and servicing to heating, cooling, and ventilation systems
- Adding or replacing door sweeps and weather stripping
- Insulating pipes and duct work
- Wrapping water heaters in insulating blankets
- Changing light bulbs to Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFL) where possible
- New low flow shower heads in bathrooms and faucet aerators in sinks
- Repairing or adding insulation in crawl spaces or attics
- Vacuuming refrigerator coils and return air compartment
- Installing rubber gaskets or foam in electric outlets and switches on exterior walls