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Home weatherization projects are a worthy investment in your home. Certain types of asbestos can potentially affect these projects. Some precautions may be appropriate. Tri-Tech can help! Discuss the project with your weatherization contractor and find out if any asbestos or other types of testing may be required. One study found that installation of asbestos shingles on the outside of the home caused the nailpoints to drive asbestos debris inside the wall cavities of homes. Blowing insulation into the walls caused a release of fibers into the air of the home exceeding safe levels.
Inspection and Testing for Weatherization
"We Want You to Sell Less Power:" A Win for Consumers
A Michigan law passed in 2008 mandated an increase in energy efficiency in 2008. The law required utilities to work with customers to reduce overall demand by implementing and promoting energy efficiency measures like efficient light bulbs and programmable thermostats. Utilities comply by offering a variety of programs and incentives targeting residential and commercial buildings, including things like free or subsidized energy audits and rebates on appliances and weatherization improvements. Therefore, your local utility provider is a good starting point in gaining assistance in financing your weatherization project. However, state and federal government policy also drives goals in energy conservation, so be sure to research subsidies or tax-credits that may be available from governmental programs, often targeted towards lower-income households.
Examples of Utility Rebates
This chart provides examples of rebates for mechanical system improvements:
This chart provides examples of DTE rebates for structural improvements:
Studies have shown that weatherization projects will save an average of 10% on the energy costs of heating and cooling!