Weatherization assistance available

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

HENRICO COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - Colder days are on their way and that means heating bills may be on the rise. But with money tight, weatherizing your home now may save you in the long run.

Also, it's possible you could qualify for help from the government for the work.

Weatherizing your home with things like insulation, especially on homes built in the 1920's, can save you a lot of money in this tough economy.

Homeowner Thomas Custalow is walking around his home with a big smile on his face. "I'll tell you what, I'm looking forward to paying my electric bill because I know it's going to be really low!"

That news, thanks to the work going on in his home right now, including the pumping insulation into the walls. a new furnace and more.

Volunteers from Dominion Power, Elder Homes and more are weatherizing his home.

"It's great to see the work we're putting in, is really making a difference," says John Hampson, who is doing the work on the home.

"It's saving me some costs that I wouldn't be able to come up with myself," says Thomas.

In all, he could save between 40-65% on his energy bill in one year alone.

You could see savings like this in your own home too. Virginia sponsors a Weatherization Assistance Program. It's federally funded to help low income household to reduce both heating and cooling costs. It's particularly set up for the elderly, individuals with disabilities and families with children.

The work is similar to what's going on in Thomas' home: sealing air leaks with insulation, replacing heating systems, along with other work.

What's a mess now, is only making Thomas even more anxious to see the cost-saving result.

To find out more about the Virginia Weatherization Assistance, head to the web site listed at right.

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