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Weatherization assistance available for area homes

Monday, November 01, 2010

When chilly winds whip in the trees and frost covers car windows in the mornings, there's no doubt about it, winter is on its way.

Families are turning up thermostats to combat the dropping temperatures; however, for low-income families it isn't all that simple. A low-income family will pay 14 percent of their annual income for energy compared with the 3.5 percent for households with higher incomes.

Nodaway County citizens who want to know if they qualify for the Weatherization Assistance Program through Community Services, Inc. are encouraged to call (660) 582-3113 or stop by the CSI office at 1212 South Main St. in Maryville to talk to someone with that department.

An intake will be completed on each applicant, verifying the number of members of the household and their income. The applicant could be informed right away whether or not they qualify for the program.whether or not they qualify for the program.

"With the way the economy is right now, being low-income touches a lot more people than it used to," said Laura Parman, housing/energy program assistant. "It helps when this weatherization can be done on a person's home so utility bills will be lower. It helps not only on a monthly basis, but it also increases the value of the home."

Weatherization technicians use computerized energy audits and advanced diagnostic technologies — such as blower doors — to determine the most cost-effective measures for each home. They also assess related health and safety conditions.