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One Millionth Weatherized Home Milestone Events

Posted by Bob Scott on October 02, 2012
One Millionth Weatherized Home Milestone Events
WAP stakeholders and SCCAP staff with proclamations noting WAP achievements from Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter, the Twin Falls County Commission, and the Twin Falls Chamber of Commerce.

On September 27, 2012, the National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) and the Community Action Partnership (CAP) celebrated the one millionth home weatherized nationwide since April 2009. Partnering with state and local agencies, two celebrations took place – one in the east and one in the west.  Since 1976, the federal Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) has made the homes of low-income families safer, healthier, and more energy efficient with 7.4 million households served.

The South Central Community Action Partnership (SCCAP) in Twin Falls, Idaho, representing the Western States, hosted a demonstration of the state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and energy efficiency measures commonly utilized by WAP professionals at a 1930’s era home. Ken Robinette, Executive Director of SSCAP; Greg Lanting, Mayor of Twin Falls; Rep. Stephen Hartgen, Idaho House of Representatives; Shawn Barigar, CEO of the Twin Falls Chamber of Commerce; Leon Mills, Twin Falls County Commissioner; Bob Scott, Energy Services Director at NASCSP; and other stakeholders, including representatives from Idaho State government, Idaho Power, and GreenFiber Insulation were present. In the morning at the home of a program recipient, SCCAP WAP technicians demonstrated blower door technology, a computerized energy audit, lead safe weatherization techniques, infrared scans of a wall with insulation gaps, and CO testing on a gas range.  The event continued with a luncheon and speakers at the Twin Falls City Park. 

Photo: WAP stakeholders and some SCCAP staff get ready for ribbon cutting to celebrate 1 millionth weatherized home in Twin Falls, Idaho.

The Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley (CACLV), representing the Eastern half of the United States, held a site demonstration showcasing WAP’s advanced building science techniques. The home showcased at the event was built in 1905 and had no insulation and very high air exchange rates.  The house also had knob and tube wiring, making the job even more difficult.  The agency used both DOE WAP funding and other sources to install new wiring, perform heating system and duct repairs, install ceiling wall, and floor insulation, reduce air infiltration, and replace the old, energy-sapping refrigerator with a new Energy Star model.  CACLV Executive Director Alan Jennings, CAP Director Don Mathis, and NASCSP staff member Alice Gaston attended the event.

The millionth weatherized home milestone was accomplished utilizing both DOE WAP annual grant funds and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) grants to the WAP network. This investment improved the homes and lives of over 760,000 low-income families, exceeding its initial goal by over 100,000 homes. This is just a fraction of the 38.6 million households that are eligible for WAP services in the United States.

These two events show the local support for the Weatherization Program in communities throughout the U.S.  Weatherization Works—both for the low-income households served and as a sound government investment. The program provides significant energy savings for its recipients, makes America’s housing stock more energy efficient, improves the indoor air quality while reducing health and safety risks, provides jobs, reduces carbon emissions, and lessens America’s dependence on foreign oil.

 

Bob Scott is the Director of Energy Services for the National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP).

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