October 30th is National Weatherization Day, and the Southeast Kansas Community Action Program (SEK-CAP) is proud to acknowledge the success of its Weatherization Program.
October 30th is National Weatherization Day, and the Southeast Kansas Community Action Program (SEK-CAP) is proud to acknowledge the success of its Weatherization Program. This Department of Energy program reduces the burden of high utilities on low-income families by installing cost-effective, energy efficiency measures in their homes. To view a brief, locally produced video illustrating the processes and benefits of the Weatherization program, please visit www.sek-cap.com.
Low-income families pay 17% of their annual incomes for energy compared with 4% for other households. Thus far, in 2011, SEK-CAP has weatherized a total of 229 homes across Southeast Kansas.
These households save an average of $218 annually on their energy bills after the weatherization work is completed. The dollar savings alone make a big difference for the families; yet they also benefit from a warmer (or cooler) and safer home, all of which impacts the families daily.
Weatherization also benefits the entire community by keeping more money in the local economy (rather than "exporting" energy dollars), employing trained weatherization crews and contractors, reducing power plant emissions, and improving the local environment. Taken together, every $1 invested in the Weatherization program, returns $2.72 in energy and non-energy related benefits.
Weatherization technicians use computerized energy audits and advanced diagnostic technologies, such as blower doors and duct blasters, to determine the most cost-effective measures for each home. They also assess related health and safety conditions, such as carbon monoxide and gas leaks.