Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area has weatherized more than 13,000 homes in the Miami Valley since 1976. Properly weatherizing a home helps save homeowners up to 28 percent on their energy bills.
The Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) is a free energy efficiency program designed to help income-eligible families decrease costs and make their homes safer and more energy efficient.
Community Action Partnership will observe Weatherization Day in Montgomery County on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the agency’s parking lot at South Patterson Blvd. and South Main St. in Dayton, next to the agency’s offices at 719 S. Main St.
For Miami County residents, Weatherization day will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Troy Community Park, 200 Adams St., across from the Hobart Arena in Troy.
Community Action Partnership Preble County will host a Weatherization Day event on Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the local office, 308 Eaton Lewisburg Rd. in Eaton for residents of that county as well.
The events will have a “Harvest Day” theme. A large tent will be set up and the public is invited to see demonstrations of the home weatherization process and equipment. Staff and customers will provide information on the program.
Visitors will also be able to apply for the program at the event. Local social service agencies will also have information tables. Door prizes and light refreshments will also be available.
After a home is determined to be eligible for weatherization services, a representative performs an energy audit. This includes inspections of the heating unit, gas stove and water tank to determine what energy savings measures may be done on the home.
Services that may be provided include:
- Tune-up, repair, or upgrades of heating systems as needed;
- Sealing of heating ducts;
- Weather stripping;
- Insulation of attics, sidewalks, floors and foundation perimeter;
- Any other measures to reduce air leakage.
In addition to the money saved, weatherization reduces a home’s energy needs and makes the fossil fuel combustion devices in the homes more efficient. That reduces electricity demand, which in turn reduces the energy burden on the home, most of which comes from heating and cooling.
Households with income at or below 300 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines may qualify for the program. This is an income of $72,900 for a family of four. Households who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or households that receive benefits from the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) or the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP Plus) may also qualify.
Persons who rent may receive services with the approval of the homeowner. Single and multi-family units, including Section 8 residents may also qualify. Households that use all types of energy sources, including natural gas, electricity and propane oil may qualify.
The weatherization program also stimulates the economy. Along with the full-time workers the agency has hired, the program buys vehicles, insulation supplies, furnaces, water heaters and other equipment.
Local agencies who would like to have an information table at the event should contact John Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org or (937) 341-5000 ext. 128.
For more information, visit www.cap-dayton.org/weatherization or call (937) 341-5000 or toll free 800-617-2673.