Over the next 15 months, OACAC will use around $8 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding to weatherize over 2,000 southwest Missouri homes.
|According to Todd Steinmann, OACAC weatherization director, stimulus funds have been used to weatherize 56 homes in Barry County. Over 110 more local homes will be weatherized before the ARRA funding deadline on March 31, 2012.|
"There has been a big increase in the number of homes we have been able to weatherize over the last year," said Steinmann.
OACAC received $12 million in stimulus funds in 2009, which has helped the organization more than quadruple the number of homes it weatherizes each month. Prior to receiving the funding OACAC weatherized around 18 homes each month, but Steinmann anticipates that the organization will be able to weatherize as many as 150 homes a month with the remainder of the funding.
Weatherization crews insulate and repair homes to make them more energy efficient. Improvements can make a home warmer during the winter and help save heating dollars.
"We hope that the Weatherization Program will help reduce the homeowner's energy costs by making the home more energy efficient," said Steinmann. "We have estimated that each homeowner who receives assistance through the Weatherization Program will see a 20 percent savings in energy costs."
According to the OACAC website, every $1 invested through the weatherization returns a $2.72 benefit.
OACAC's Weatherization Program is a free service for qualifying homeowners. Renters must have owner approval and owner participation to receive services. Qualifying applicants must have an annual gross income that is lower than 200 percent of poverty.
A single person must have an income that is equal or less to $21,660. Each additional family member raises the qualifying income level by $7,480.
The Weatherization Program uses the following tools to identify needed improvements: a blower door test to identify and measure air leakage; a manometer and pressure pan to determine duct system air leakage; infrared camera to evaluate air sealing and insulation efficiency; and combustion analyzer to test heating system.
Homeowners and renters can apply for the Weatherization Program by visiting the Barry County OACAC Neighborhood Center on Highway 248 in Cassville. Applications can also be completed on the OACAC website at www.oacac-caa.org.
For more information, call 847-2140 or 417-865-7797.