TOPEKA, Kansas – August 22, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Kansas Housing Resources Corporation received a $1.2 million contribution for weatherization services to qualifying low-income Kansas Gas Service customers.
KHRC will be disbursing the contribution to a network of weatherization agencies to partner the funds with federal grant dollars being used in the communities.
Eligibility for the weatherization program is based on household income relative to federal low-income guidelines. If a household contains a member who receives Supplemental Social Security Income, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or utility assistance from the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, the household is automatically considered eligible for weatherization services.
Weatherization reduces home energy consumption and lowers monthly energy bills which equates to a 35 percent reduction in primary heating fuel use. This alleviates the heavy energy burden on low-income households while also helping them become more self-sufficient. The weatherization measures provide long-term relief for low-income families and protect against future fluctuations in energy prices and supplies.
Weatherization is a cost-effective investment of taxpayer dollars. For every $1 invested in the Program, weatherization returns $2.51 to the household and society. This includes:
$1.80 returned in reduced energy bills
$0.71 is returned to ratepayers, households, and communities through increased local employment, reduced uncollectible utility bills, improved housing quality, and better health and safety though the reduction of heat-related illness and death and risk of death from home fires due to utility disconnection.
The program’s professionally trained crews use computerized energy audits and advanced diagnostic equipment to identify energy-saving strategies in single-family, multi-family, and mobile homes. Cost-effective weatherization measures and those that are essential for health and safety are then performed, including, but not limited to, installation of insulation, furnace and boiler retrofits, and cooling measures for warm climates.
Kansans seeking assistance in managing their energy costs are encouraged to visit www.kshousingcorp.org/weatherization.aspx to learn about weatherization providers in their area.
adorsey (at) kshousingcorp (dot) org