Two-thirds of low-income U.S. households spend more than 6% of their income on utility bills. The Weatherization Assistance Program through the Nevada Housing Division and the State recently submitted a proposal for an additional $28 million in Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funds to help bolster this program.

Take advantage of these 5 tips from the Nevada Housing Division to lower your energy bills.
  1. Change filters regularly
  • Changing your air and furnace filters as needed or at least every three months will help cut costs on your energy bill. Doing so improves indoor air quality, helps your HVAC system work more efficiency and reduces the need for maintenance.
  1. Seal cracks and gaps
  • Did you know that a gap as tiny as 1/8-inch around your doors can let in as much air as a small window open a few inches? Consider adding door sweeps to the bottom of your exterior doors, seal gaps and cracks with caulk or expanding foam, and add foam gaskets to electrical outlets and window AC units.
  1. Insulate and flush water heater
  • Water heater insulation can help keep the water in your tank hot and reduce standby heat losses by 25% or more. Flushing your water heater keeps sediment from gathering inside and impeding water flow (does not apply to tankless heaters). Flushing is an easy do-it-yourself task that helps weatherize your home for winter. Here’s a step-by-step video explaining exactly how to.
  1. Use LED light bulbs
  • Home lighting accounts for about 10% of your electric bill. Swap out all incandescent light bulbs for LEDs. They use up to 90% less energy and last up to 25X longer.
  1. Use ceiling fans to your advantage
  • For a cooling effect, run your fan counterclockwise. In the winter, run your fan clockwise to slowly push warm air back down and out.

For details on how to apply for the Weatherization Assistance Program, contact the organization in your area:

  • Community Services Agency (CSA) service area includes Washoe County
    • Call: (775) 786-6023
  • HELP of Southern Nevada (HELP) service area includes the City of Las Vegas, City of Henderson and Southern Rural Clark County.
    • Call: (702) 795-0575
  • Nevada Rural Housing Authority (NRHA) service area includes Carson City, Churchill County, Douglas County, Lyon County, City of North Las Vegas, Northern Rural Clark County and Storey County
    • Call: Northern: (775) 887-1795, ext. 112 Southern: (702) 660-5136
  • Rural Nevada Development Corporation (RNDC) service area includes the following counties: Elko, Esmeralda, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lincoln, Mineral, Nye, Pershing, and White Pine
    • Call: (775) 289-8519 or toll free (866) 404-5204

Visit the program website at: housing.nv.gov/programs/weatherization/