Now is the time to sign up through Weatherize Rockland for free a home energy consult to get estimates for air sealing, insulation and heat pumps that can dramatically lower home energy bills and make a home much more comfortable year-round.

Weatherize Rockland is an initiative of the city of Rockland, through the city’s Energy Committee, to make available information on options to lower home energy use and to improve comfort in houses.

Seventy percent or more of Rockland’s housing stock appears to have been built before effective insulation and air sealing were common, which means many homes likely are drafty and present a significant heating cost burden to residents, according to a press release from the city.

The Weatherize Rockland initiative is also designed to make it easier for homeowners to decide if an air sealing or insulation project or a split system heat pump makes sense for them. Residents also receive discounted pricing on many home energy-saving services.

In the first round of signups for the Weatherize Rockland back in December, more than 60 Rockland homeowners signed up to access discounted energy efficiency services from Penobscot Home Performance and rebates from Efficiency Maine for energy assessments, air sealing, insulation, heating systems and hot water heaters.

As of June 26, more than $113,000 of weatherization work had been completed, or was under contract from the first Weatherize Rockland signups. And $40,820 of that work had been paid for through Weatherize Rockland discounts or through Efficiency Maine rebates.

From now until July 18, residents can sign up for the second round of Weatherize Rockland. If a resident has been thinking about making home energy improvements, now is the time to sign up, so the work can be completed before the heating season starts in the fall.

Sign up at weatherizerockland.me/signup. For more information, emial Info@WeatherizeRockland.Me.