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Weatherization can help lower heating bills

Posted February 24, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

— As the temperatures drop, heating bills rise. However, there is a program that can help you save money on your energy bill. It is even free for those who qualify.

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"My utility bill went from an average of $361 a month to an immediate average of $127 per month,” homeowner Patricia McCullers said.

McCullers has weatherization specialist Moses McGirt to thank. He does free energy audits for those who qualify as part of the Wake County Weatherization Assistance Program.

McGirt checks air vents to make sure they are sealed, and examines windows and doors for gaps. He replaces light bulbs with energy-efficient florescent bulbs and checks the attic to make sure there are no drafts.

McGirt also wraps pipes in the crawl space and insulates the hot water heater.

"It saves the low income folks dollars and it saves energy,” said Garman Troup, with Resources for Seniors.

The average homeowner receives about $2,500 worth of work as a result of the audit.

McCullers received even more after the audit revealed she needed a new heating and cooling system. She got a new unit from the program free of charge.

"Very seldom do I even turn the heat on at night. My son and I get so warm,” McCullers said.

Every county in the state has a free weatherization program. To learn more, visit the North Carolina Weatherization Assistance Program.


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  • Tidbit Feb 25, 2009

    I'd love to have someone come out and evaluate my house for this... however, I make too much money to qualify for this program. But I can't afford to do it myself... why? BECAUSE ALL MY INCOME GOES TOWARDS TAXES TO PAY FOR STUFF LIKE THIS

  • dogman1973 Feb 25, 2009

    "My utility bill went from an average of $361 a month to an immediate average of $127 per month,” homeowner Patricia McCullers said.

    What did she have her thermostat cranked up to----80 degrees????.....lower the thermostat to 60 during the day and 65 at night, lady!

  • streetfightinman Feb 25, 2009

    I saw this on wral last night, she also got a free heat pump out of the deal, my heat pump went out in December and I paid
    4000.00 of my hard earned money for it , must be nice to get
    everything for free oh, I mean at the taxpayers expense.
    How can all of us get this.

  • Just the facts mam Feb 25, 2009

    Free??? Nothing is free. Those of us who pay taxes are paying for this...

  • OrdinaryCitizen Feb 25, 2009

    After watching the video I guess I'm the one in poverty.

  • PaulRevere Feb 25, 2009

    Patricia McCullers didn't bother to say "Thank you!", so as one of the taxpayers paying for her "free" heating unit I just want to tell her "You're welcome!"

  • SomeRandomGuy Feb 25, 2009

    I am very confused by this story, this program is designed for low income people but this lady was paying $360+ for electric prior to this audit???? Unless some program was paying for her electric, I don't see how she qualified for this program. And if she doesn't pay it, why would she even care?

  • JustAName Feb 25, 2009

    I guess WRAL is schilling for the stimulus package trying to get some of that $2 billion for weatherization to NC.

    Here's another D'uh thought. If you turn off the tv and lights when you aren't using them, it will save you money as well.