Some surprising tips for your 2018 health resolutions
According to a Department of Energy poll, residents who received weatherization services reported sleeping better and demonstrated increased levels of energy.
- Weatherizing your home does more than reduce your energy bills.
- It can also improve your health and safety.
- 40 million U.S. families may qualify for weatherization assistance.
One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to get healthy. And the general game plan to do that usually includes working out more, eating healthier and getting more sleep.
But you might be surprised to hear that weatherizing your house can help you reach your 2018 health goals.
According to the Department of Energy, weatherizing your home can improve your health and safety. Here’s how:
Weatherization can help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can be lethal in certain doses. Weatherization crews test furnaces and stoves for gas leaks and install alarms for smoke and carbon monoxide in the home.
Weatherization reduces stress
Making ends meet is stressful. Lowering your energy bill can help. According to a Department of Energy poll, residents who received weatherization services reported sleeping better and demonstrated increased levels of energy.
Weatherization can help your asthma
Asthma is the leading cause for children to miss school. But weatherization improvements like air sealing, insulation, and improved heating and cooling equipment can reduce asthma triggers in the home.
How to apply for Weatherization Assistance
According to the Department of Energy, more than 40 million U.S. families may be eligible for weatherization services nationwide. Energy services are provided by each states’ local weatherization agencies.
If you receive Supplemental Security Income or help to pay your utility bills from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, you are automatically eligible to receive weatherization services. To learn more about the application process and eligibility in your area, contact your state’s administrator. A full listing of state-by-state contact information is available here.
If you don’t qualify for this service, there are many ways you can weatherize your home on your own. Check out these step by step guides to get the job done.
Hope you have a happy, healthy and safe 2018!
Sarah is mom to the two cutest little girls in the world. Before choosing to make changing diapers and reading bed time stories her full time gig, she earned a degree in political science from The University of South Dakota, worked in the governor’s office as a policy analyst and dabbled in communications at her local utility. Follow Sarah on Twitter @EnergyMommy.