With the frigid temperatures we've had over the past couple of nights many are suffering in drafty and cold homes. Wiregrass Electric Cooperative and the Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity are joining forces to help low income families weatherize their homes.
Melma Neal is participating in the weatherization project with Wiregrass Electric Co-Op and Habitat for Humanity for low income homeowners. An energy audit revealed a lot of issues with Neal’s 38-year-old home.
“That window up there had a hole in it. I had tape over it for about a year or two. All my insulation was gone in the attic when they checked it,” says Neal,” Everywhere he put it the green light would come on, and I'd say, ‘Oh my God, no wonder I'd be cold when I was sitting out here at night,’ and he'd say ‘Well those are all places where the air was coming in.’”
Brad Kimbro of Wiregrass Electric demonstrated how a gap in a door’s weather stripping could make a huge difference.
“It's almost like leaving the door open all day. Even though it was closed there was that much air coming through. That new door stopped it,” said Kimbro.
Other than replacing the door and framing, windows were replaced, and new insulation was blown into the attic and walls.
One of the biggest improvements they made was caulking around the window sill. There was a large gap, and they say this is where a lot of air can escape. It's one of the least expensive and easiest improvements that any homeowner can make.
Making these improvements is true win-win-win.
“We're benefitting from lower costs because our homes are more energy efficient. The member is getting a lower power bill. Habit for Humanity and their volunteers are able to spread their philanthropic nature to more people,” says Kimbro.
Sabrina Kirkland, the Development Coordinator for the Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity says, “If their energy bills are lower that means they're going to be able to buy food, they're going to be able to pay for their home or clothing.”
“I thank God for everything that they've done, because I couldn't afford to do it,” says Neal.
To qualify, you must be a wiregrass electric customer.
For more information about the project contact:
Habitat for Humanity (334) 792-8453
Wiregrass Electric Cooperative (334) 588-2223