When cold weather approaches, most families across the country are turning up their thermostats to combat dropping temperatures. For low-income families, however, cranking up the heat is not always an option. These families pay 16% or more of their annual income for energy compared with only 5% for other non low-income families. Unable to pay gaping balances or hefty reconnection fees, some families are considering how they will survive this winter without heat. The Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) may be able to help. This program provides permanent solutions to reduce the energy burden on low-income families by installing cost-effective, energy efficiency materials and services. Since the inception of the program in 1976, more than 5.6 million homes have been weatherized across the nation. Weatherization technicians use computerized energy audits and advanced diagnostic technologies to determine the most cost-effective measures for each home. Serving as the nation’s core program for delivering energy efficiency services to low-income households, the DOE Weatherization Assistance Program prioritizes the elderly, persons with disabilities, and households with children. The Weatherization Program serves every county in the nation through its partnerships with local agencies. The Council of the Southern Mountains is the local agency serving the citizens of McDowell County.
If you need services from our Weatherization Program, you may call the warehouse at (304) 436-6453 or the Main Office at (304) 436-6800.
The Energy Crisis Intervention Program was initiated on November 1, 2006 to assist low-income individuals with no heat. This program allows for staff to respond in emergency situations so no person or family will perish because of lack of services. CSM will strive to perfect this program and ensure the best possible crisis intervention. You may e-mail the Program Coordinator, Curtis Lindsey at: firstname.lastname@example.org Randal Johnson at: email@example.com.
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