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State program helps homeowners get energy efficient

Posted July 16, 2010

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— A state program is providing qualified North Carolinians with free help to make their homes energy efficient.

Last fall, Lula Joyner took advantage of a statewide Weatherization Assistance Program, part of a federally funded initiative by the U.S. Department of Energy. Crews made her Raleigh home more energy efficient at no cost. They replaced the thermostat, installed air filters and added insulation to the attic and to the crawlspace.

"There was definitely an improvement that we noticed right away after they put in the insulation,” Joyner’s daughter, Pamela Gilyard, said. “It was so much warmer. She didn't have to use the electric heaters downstairs."

This summer, Joyner said her central air conditioning keeps the house cool and comfortable.

State program helps people weatherize their homes State program helps people weatherize their homes

She said the improvements have saved her about $380 in energy expenses since last November.

Without government subsidies, the weatherization work done at Joyner's home would have cost her at least a couple thousand dollars, energy auditor Michael Matthews said.

The program targets families with low to moderate incomes. People of any age may apply, but elderly or disabled people and families with children receive priority when funds are limited.

Even renters can take advantage of the program with their landlord's permission.

Right now, the program has a three-month waiting list, but Joyner's daughter said the improvements are worth the wait.

In Wake County, the Weatherization Assistance Program is administered by the Resources for Seniors organization.


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  • bindimon Jul 26, 2010

    yanqi 1 go home

  • 27615 Jul 26, 2010

    poor people get everything for free

  • tarheel4life Jul 19, 2010

    don't bother Carolinagirlforever. yankee1 will remain upset that 0.000000000000000000000000000000000002% of his taxes went to pay for this program.

  • Carolinagirlforever Jul 19, 2010

    Actually when weatherization is done right, the power bills act as a great report card for performance. Most of the citizens that take advantage of this program could not physically make these upgrades themselves. I am proud that our taxpayer money is being used to help people in this income bracket stay comfortable and save energy/dollars. No one is saying the idea is genius but the point is that instead of building new homes, most people are interested in upgrading their homes so they can stay in them longer. I think it's brilliant.

  • yankee1 Jul 16, 2010

    Welcome to the video tape replay of the 70's. this same concept "Weatherization" was the big genius idea back then. All it did was use taxpayer money to do the things any responsible homeowner should do on their own. There was and is no statistical evidence that this program did anything but spend taxpayer money and make politicians look like they care!