Special to the Enterprise
October 30, 2013
BARBOURVILLE — Each year, Oct. 30 is recognized as Weatherization Day. This day marks an annual opportunity to bring attention to the fact that low income households spend a disproportionate percentage of their annual incomes on home energy bills. The National Network of Weatherization Assistance Programs, which KCEOC Community Action Partnership is a member of, provides cost-effective, permanent solutions for reducing the heavy energy burden these families endure. These weatherization programs not only save energy through advanced technologies to improve the energy affordability for low-income families, but also save lives and improve the health and safety of families by identifying carbon monoxide hazards, poor indoor air quality, mold and other health threats.
With support from the U.S. Department of Energy, more than 6.7 million homes have been weatherized across the nation since 1976. Below are some statistics supporting the benefits of home weatherization practices;
• For every $1 invested, weatherization returns $2.51 to the household and society
• $437 or more in annual utility bill savings year after year at current energy prices
• Energy savings average 35 percent of consumption for the typical low-income home pre-weatherization consumption
• Weatherization decreases national energy consumption by the equivalent of 24.1 million barrels of oil annually
• Reduces residential and power plant emissions of carbon dioxide by 2.65 metric ton per year per home
• Over the life of the corrective measures, saves 53 metric tons of CO2 emissions per house
Serving as the nation’s core program for delivering energy-efficiency services to low-income households, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program prioritizes service to the elderly, persons with disabilities, and households with children. The Weatherization Program enables low-income families to permanently reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient. Funds are used to improve the energy performance of dwellings of needy families using the most advanced technologies and testing protocols available in the housing industry.
KCEOC’s professionally trained crews use computerized energy audits and advanced diagnostic equipment to identify energy-saving strategies for each home they evaluate. Cost-effective weatherization measures are then performed including, but not limited to, installation of insulation, furnace and boiler retrofits, and the replacement of insufficient windows and seals.
For more information about KCEOC’s Weatherization Assistance Program, please call 606-546-3152.