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NECAC's Weatherization Program helps weatherproof your home

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) - October marks National Weatherization month and Wednesday afternoon, NECAC officials will host a seminar on how simple home improvements can save you hundreds in utility costs.

NECAC has weatherized 1,100 homes in its 12 county area within the last two years, with an average utility savings of $407 a year per home.

"Weatherize" means anything from new insulation, caulking and sealing of windows, to tighter locks on doors and windows.

In order to have NECAC officials come out to weatherize your home, you have to qualify based on your income and the number of people in the house.

One Hannibal resident who took advantage of this last October, says she's really seen a difference in her pocket book.

"It means I don't have to feel the need to apply for energy assistance. All of my other bills are more easily paid and it means I've got extra money to buy things to work on the old house," said Hannibal resident Hilly Jacklin.

In addition, an Ameren U-E study of the weatherization program showed that customers saw a 12 percent decrease in their electricity use.

"I was most stunned at how much electric bill went down when they replaced that old refrigerator of dropped by $10 a month immediately. And, I knew it was an old, inefficient refrigerator but I really didn't realize how much electricity it used on a daily basis," said Jacklin.

The seminar is at Ms. Jacklin's house at 11 a.m. Wednesday. NECAC crews will be on hand to explain the improvements that were made to the home.

For more information, you can call the NECAC office at  1-800-748-7636.

Kaylee Pfeiferling
Hannibal, Missouri