Weatherization Day to be celebrated on October 30
Monday, October 07, 2019
Each year, October 30 is recognized as Weatherization Day. This day highlights the fact that low-income households spend a disproportionate percentage of their annual incomes on home energy bills. Weatherization provides cost-effective, permanent solutions for reducing the heavy energy burden these families endure. The US Department of Energy has supported weatherization of more than 7 million homes across the nation since 1976.
Weatherization programs focus on upgrades to mechanical and electrical systems, health and safety measures, and building shell issues. These services not only save energy through advanced technologies to improve energy affordability for low-income families, but they 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. GROW South Dakota has weatherized more than 7,500 homes in the state for a total of over $25 million. In the last year, GROW SD made energy efficient upgrades to 150 homes, including Elaine’s.
Elaine tried to make her home “warmer by stuffing insulation inside of windows, but this was only warming the home to a temperature of 61 degrees.” Her leaky windows caused ice to accumulate inside and water in the bathroom to freeze. Using DOE Weatherization funds, GROW SD installed windows and insulation and added heat for the bedroom, laundry room and kitchen. In addition, they made other repairs and educated Elaine on other ways to make her home more energy efficient.
Across the country, low-income households spend an average of 16.3% of their income on energy costs, compared to 3.5% for other households. A GROW SD Housing Survey conducted with previous clients found that 68% noticed a decrease in energy consumption. Homeowners receiving home improvement services typically saw their annual energy bills reduced by approximately $437.
GROW SD provides free, grant-funded weatherization services including energy efficient home improvements such as insulation, air sealing and replacement of inefficient appliances. Eligibility determination is based on an application, income qualification, and homeowner approval. For more information on the GROW SD Weatherization Program please go to www.growsd.org or call (605) 698-7654. Applications are accepted all year long.
GROW South Dakota is an Equal Opportunity Lender, Provider, and Employer. It has served South Dakota communities since 1966. The organization excels at providing housing, community, and economic development to 10,000 customers annually.
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