Weatherization works for our community!
Join CAP Services in recognizing National Weatherization Day by watching this video about one of our Weatherization crews. For more information about CAP’s Weatherization Program visit the program page here: https://capservices.org/what-we-do/housing-transportation/rehab/.
As the cold weather approaches, most families across the country are turning up their thermostats to combat dropping temperatures. For low-income families, however, cranking up the heat is not always an option. These families pay 14.4% or more of their annual incomes for energy compared with only 3.3% for other non low-income families. Unable to pay big balances or hefty reconnection fees, some families are considering how they will survive this winter without heat.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) can help. This program provides permanent solutions to reduce the energy burden on low-income families by installing cost-effective, energy-efficient materials and services. Since the inception of the program in 1976, more than 7.4 million homes have been weatherized across the nation. In 2017 CAP Services’ Weatherization program weatherized 172 low-income homes. These households will save an average of $780 annually on their energy bills. The dollar savings alone makes a big difference for these families. In addition, weatherization makes homes warmer in winter, cooler in summer, and safer all year round.
Weatherization technicians use computerized energy audits and advanced diagnostic technologies, such as blower doors and duct blasters, to determine the most cost-effective
measures for each home. They also assess related health and safety conditions. Agency’s technicians check furnaces and appliances for carbon monoxide. This measure
makes a life-or-death difference for the families in these homes.