GROW South Dakota Celebrates Weatherization Day
Monday, October 26, 2015
GROW South DakotaCelebrates Weatherization Day
Upkeep on a home can be difficult at times, especially when things seem to break down or need replacing all at once. This can be even more of a struggle when your health is on the decline, and you are unable to work. GROW South Dakota was contacted by a client who happened to be in this very predicament. Her stove, refrigerator and furnace all needed replacing at the same time, but she didn’t have the means to make the necessary repairs on her own. The Weatherization Program allowed GROW SD staff to come in and work on her home, allowing her to have a new refrigerator and furnace. In addition to the new appliances, they were able to replace her bathroom fan, fix her stove, and even replace her light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs.
When asked how she felt about the process, the client stated, “It seems like everything broke down at once, including me. They were able to come in and help get everything fixed up again. All of the workers were very nice. They did a good job on everything and we appreciate everything they have done. Thank you so very much!”
Each year, October 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 GROW South Dakota is a member of, provide 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.
The GROW South Dakota Weatherization Program serves 17 Counties in Northeast South Dakota and provides free, grant funded weatherization services including energy efficient home improvements such as insulation, air sealing and replacement of inefficient appliances. Eligibility requires an application, income qualification and homeowner approval. For more information or to apply for the GROW South Dakota Weatherization Program please go to www.growsd.org or call 605-698-7654.
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