This program is designed to reduce heating and cooling costs for income eligible families (Income Guidelines), particularly for the elderly, people with disabilities, and children, by improving the energy efficiency of their homes and ensuring their health and safety. This program provides energy efficiency measures that are tailored to each house and are designed for maximum cost savings in Energy Conservation. A more energy efficient residence can lead to greater health benefits, especially to children and elderly who are most susceptible to the ill effects of winter cold and summer heat. Better health for children will result in greater attendance at school, and for the elderly, can lead to lower medical costs and nursing care.
The measures which may be addressed fall into five major categories:
- Health & Safety – First priority. Air quality testing, heating system diagnostic testing, and general site inspections are performed to identify potential problems which might exist.
- Heating Efficiency Measures – Designed to improve the operation of the heating system and may include a cleaning and tuning for the furnace or repairs, and modifications. Also included is work to seal leaks on the distribution system that brings heat to the unit.
- Infiltration Measures – Designed to reduce the air leakage from the home. The purpose is to keep warm air in and cold air out.
- Conduction Measures – Designed to reduce heat loss and gain from the interior/exterior of the unit by installing insulation. Insulation may be installed in the ceiling, walls, heat ducts, floor, and/or water pipes. Other measures installed if energy savings are determined, include but are not limited to, the repair or replacement of windows and doors.
- Repair – Repairs that may be needed to help preserve or protect the material that has been installed and maintain the structural integrity of the home.
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