Weatherization offers a home energy audit, energy-efficient repairs, and education. Services are available to renters and homeowners.

Moisture and mold prevention and control tips

  • Repair water leaks inside the home quickly.
  • Clean and repair gutters and downspouts regularly.
  • Make sure the ground slopes away from the house’s foundation so that water does not enter or collect around the foundation.
  • Keep air-conditioning drip pans clean and the drain lines unobstructed and flowing properly.
  • Keep indoor humidity reasonable, ideally between 30 and 50 percent.
  • If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls, or pipes—act quickly to dry the wet surface and reduce the indoor moisture level or eliminate the water source.
  • Vent appliances that produce moisture to the outside.
  • Use air conditioners and/or dehumidifiers when needed.
  • Run the bathroom exhaust fan or open the window when showering. Use exhaust fans or open windows when cooking or running the dishwasher, etc.
  • Cover cold surfaces with insulation.
  • Increase the indoor air temperature.

Basic facts about lead and your health

  • Lead is especially dangerous to children under six years of age.
  • Can affect children’s brains and developing nervous systems.
  • Reduced IQ and learning disabilities.
  • Behavior problems.
  • Lead is also harmful to adults and can pose many dangers.
  • High blood pressure and hypertension.
  • Pregnant women can transfer lead to fetus.

How to protect you and your family

  • Regularly clean floors, window sills, and other surfaces.
  • Wash children’s hands, bottles, pacifiers, and toys often.
  • Make sure children eat a healthy, nutritious diet consistent with the USDA’s dietary guidelines.
  • Wipe off shoes before entering house.

A success story
“My fuel bills were strangling me in the winter! My house felt really drafty, and it was impossible to keep it warm no matter how high I turned up the thermostat. The Weatherization Program found a lot of air leaks in my home and sealed them, and then insulated my walls and attics. They even repaired a duct that was pumping heat into my attic and cleaned up my furnace. The house feels comfortable now and I don’t have such enormous bills!”