Green Hills Community Action Agency is anticipating additional funds to weatherize homes in their 9 county service area, including: Caldwell, Daviess, Grundy, Harrison, Linn, Livingston, Mercer, Putnam, and Sullivan counties. Click to hear KMZU’s Chasity Anderson talk with Terri Henderson, Energy Services Director with Green Hills Community Action Agency…

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Press Release from Green Hills Community Action Agency

WANTED HOMES TO WEATHERIZE FOR FREE

Green Hills Community Action Agency is anticipating additional funds to weatherize homes in their 9 county service area. This includes: Caldwell, Daviess, Grundy, Harrison, Linn, Livingston, Mercer, Putnam, and Sullivan counties. An average of $6500 can be spent per home at no cost to the homeowner. All recipients must fall at 200% or below of Federal Poverty Guidelines ($21,660 for a family of one or $44, 100 for a family of 4). Rental homes are eligible provided that the landlord pay at upfront fee of $300. Time frame for getting the work done is prior to March of 2012. Applicants have no guarantee that their home will be weatherized. A total of 200 homes are sought.

Work in already underway in the Chillicothe area through this program called Energize MO. Terri Henderson, Certified Energy Auditor, is the project manager. She serves as Energy Services Director for Green Hills Community Action Agency overseeing this weatherization project and green initiatives that the agency pursues. Because the Energize MO project in Livingston County is producing so well in homes completed rate, the agency is eligible to seek additional funding. Other members of the GHCAA team working on Energize MO in Livingston County include: Joel Farris, Crew Leader; Elisha Daniel, Building Performance Institute Certified Building Analyst, and Nicholas Koenig and Terrance Smith, Chillicothe High School and Grand River Vocational Students. In addition to the Energize MO crew, GHCAA has a long-tenured weatherization department which is managed by Marvin Meeker. Several crews and energy auditors complete work in the 9 county service area. The additional funding that is sought will be spent across the entire service region.

GHCAA utilizes building science, a blower door, and sophisticated software to determine what weatherization measures will be cost effective. Currently the group is reducing air infiltration averaging 30% on homes that are completed. This is not a window replacement program. Although an occasional damaged window can be repaired with this program, most common measures include: attic insulation, rim joist insulation, caulking, and weather stripping. For more information about applying, call Kim Brashear or Terri Henderson at 660-359-3907