Judy’s daughter was worried. It was snowing and the furnace in her mom’s mobile home just failed. She called YCAP asking if assistance was available. Her mom, who survived on fixed social security, didn’t have heat and couldn’t afford the repairs.
A YCAP staff immediately delivered a portable heater to Judy while others determined if she was eligible for further assistance. She received a one-time LIEAP payment to offset her high electric bill and an energy audit revealed Judy had a leaking water heater, a bad refrigerator and severe weatherization issues. Her floor, ceiling and electrical systems also needed repair. YCAP was able to get Judy a new HVAC system, water heater, refrigerator and complete weatherization.
Lowering the amount of energy consumption in the home lowers energy cost. For the elderly, disabled or disadvantaged families, increased energy costs in the home have become a barrier to making necessary purchases such as medication, food or clothing. Our Energy Services help households evaluate their energy usage and provide energy education and weatherization. In addition, depending on income level, they may offer assistance with energy expenses.
Energy Services include:
- Home energy audits
- Heating system modifications to enhance efficiency
- Energy education
- Insulation installment in attics, floors and walls
- Minor home repairs to guard against heat waste
- Base load reduction, i.e.: refrigerator replacement, compact fluorescent lights, low-flow shower head
- Door and window assessment to determine modifications for energy efficiency
- Financial assistance for energy costs
Easy Ways to Reduce Consumption
- Plug space heaters directly into wall plugs.
- Vacuum heat registers to improve air circulation. Be sure registers are open in all rooms.
- Keep furniture and drapes away from the heating registers to let air circulate. Keep interior doors open.
- Turn off lights and electronics, such as TVs and computers when not in use. A color TV or computer left on at all times cost $7 to $10 per month.
- Wash full loads of laundry. Always use cold rinse setting.
- Use compact fluorescent bulbs. They are four times more energy-efficient than incandescent bulbs and provide the same lighting.
- Turn down the heat at night and when you are away from home.