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Bobby Hight, an auditor with Ardent 360, right, conducts an energy assessment of Steve Cox's home.
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  Bobby Hight, an auditor with Ardent 360, right, conducts an energy assessment of Steve Cox's home.

In the D.C. neighborhood of Mount Pleasant, a fan is pushing air in and out of a house. Or, as Bobby Hight says, it's money going out the window.

Hight is an auditor with Ardent 360, a construction company that specializes in weatherizations. As temperatures heat up, some environmental activists are urging residents to keep energy use down by weatherizing their homes.

Right now, Hight is working with resident Steve Cox, whose window is hemorrhaging money. "We're having an audit to identify how leaky this house is to identify where we re losing energy and what we can do about it," Cox says. 

With help from the nonprofit Groundswell, Cox and more than a dozen of his neighbors are banding together for a group weatherization of their homes. Groundswell's Ayla Schlosser says weathering en masse means residents can get a discount from contractors -- and save money in the long run. 

"Not only are you going to help your house feel a little cooler, you're also going to be saving energy and saving money on bills regardless of the season," she says. 

Schlosser says the average home in the D.C. area can save up to 15 to 25 percent in energy use by sealing air leaks, adding insulation or improving ductwork.

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