More Than Just Patching Holes

March/April 2002
A version of this article appears in the March/April 2002 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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March 01, 2002
When I started working ten months ago as a weatherization coordinator for the Community Action Program of Evansville (CAPE), in southern Indiana, it was just a job, and not a very well-paying one, either. But when I started learning about what goes on in a home and how to do an audit, it grabbed me. And the more I learned, the hungrier I became. The Indiana Community Action Association (IN-CAA) has a training facility in Indianapolis for weatherization agencies and contractors. IN-CAA offers an auditor’s certification program that takes most people a year to complete. I earned my certification in record time—four months. When I found I was going into people’s homes and making a difference in their lives, it wasn’t about the money anymore. Doing weatherization gives me the same feeling of satisfaction I felt when I was a teenaged lifeguard. I’m really helping people.They come up to me in public after I’ve weatherized their house and thank me. It gives me butterflies. Miss Polly The worst home I ever encountered belonged to Miss Polly, 83 years old. You could go into her basement and look up ...

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