Residents Urged to Weatherize Their Homes
Thursday October 27, 2011
Debbie Belt, 574-6587
Phil Miller, 574-1901
Louisville Observes National Weatherization Day
Project Warm offering workshops at Neighborhood Places on Oct. 28
With colder weather approaching, residents can lower their heating bills by taking steps to make sure their homes are as weatherized and energy efficient as possible. Mayor Greg Fischer is joining in the national awareness push by declaring October 30 as “Weatherization Day” in Louisville.
Louisville Metro’s Weatherization Assistance Program offers ten quick tips to help in lowering energy costs in colder weather:
1. Turn back the thermostat between 65 and 68 degrees
2. Close the fireplace damper when fireplace is not in use
3. Fill in gaps in exterior doors with weather stripping and caulking
4. Keep furniture away from vents and keep the vents vacuumed
5. Wear layers of clothing and dress warm
6. Unplug appliances not in use
7. Open shades and curtains allow the sun to help warm your house in the day and close them at night to help keep in the heat
8. Turn down water heater temperature to 120 degrees
9. Install low flow showerhead
10. Seal around and cover window air conditioners
Project Warm is also participating in National Weatherization Day by providing free weatherization workshops at all eight Neighborhood Place locations on Oct. 28 at various times. Participants in the workshops will receive free supplies and learn “do-it-yourself” weatherization tips like how to hang clear interior window covers to prevent drafts. Contact Metro Call at 311 to find the Neighborhood Place in your area to register or call Project Warm at 502.636.9276 for workshops offered at other dates and locations.
The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) receives most of its funding from the federal Department of Energy and is administered locally by the Louisville Metro Department of Community Services and Revitalization. The national “Weatherization Day” observance helps to highlight WAP’s successes in providing weatherization services to lower-income households which helps lower their utility costs. Since WAP began in Louisville in 1976, over 5000 homes have been weatherized -- with senior citizens and people with disabilities as the top priority for assistance.
Families who are homeowners or renters in Louisville may be eligible for weatherization help if their income is at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty line which, for a family of four, is $44,700. For more information, contact 502.574.3107.
Citizens interested in learning about other energy-saving tips can visit the Weatherization Assistance Program webpage at www.louisvilleky.gov/cap, or may pick up information in the lobby of the Urban Government Center at 810 Barret Avenue.