Skip to comments.Weatherization program helps low-income homeowners
Posted on 09/24/2011 8:05:18 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
For about a year, Dauhn Minus has been struggling to pay her utilities bill, which, at times, she said runs well over $300.
"That's a lot of money for an electric bill," said the 52-year-old West Palm Beach resident.
The main reason their bill is so high is because the air conditioning unit is 15 years old and working overtime to cool their two-bedroom home. But it can't do the job properly since Minus' home wasn't energy efficient.
"I would have my AC on at 70 degrees, but it was reading 85 degrees in my house," Minus said. "I was burning up."
Minus was a perfect candidate for the Weatherization Assistance Program. Paid for by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Minus said she heard about the program from her sister and applied immediately. She said she got a response in about a week.
"I applied in July and within two weeks they were here assessing what I needed," Minus said. "They didn't waste any time."
Minus said she received solar panels on 14 of her 21 windows as well as energy efficient water faucets, attic insulation and a brand new air conditioning unit.
"I can stand in the middle of the room and feel the AC now," Minus said.
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I can’t speak for FL implementation of this weatherization farce but...
the program in Muscogee Co. GA is nothing but a featherbed for Acorn approved contractors and a paycheck for staff of a community service office.
And I would like to point out, most of weatherization can be done by the homeowner and a couple charitable friends in a couple days. Ya don’t need a govenment program to learn how to use a caulking gun!
Here in Michigan a lot of state agencies benefited from the weatherization and greening programs.
Seems like I also read about a woman in Chicago living in a million dollar home also qualified for weatherization.
How did George Washington defeat Cornwallis without proper weatherization and A/C?
How did Grant defeat Lee without proper weatherization and A/C?
How was the "intercontinental" railroad built without proper weatherization and A/C?
How did the Marines take Iwo Jima without proper weatherization and A/C?
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Being thrifty, I keep our air at 80-85 even this year when we had weeks of highs over 100F. You'll find little sympathy from me; it's too bad the same can't be said for my money.
Interesting catch. I wonder if that oven Ms -Minus uses for her bidness had anything to do with her electric bill ...
If millions of older homes had better insulation, they would have substantially cut their air conditioning and heater bills, since both wouldn't have to run so long. And such a program would have meant lots of jobs for home improvement companies, too.
Yup. BTDT. I survived w/o any gov't money, too. Imagine that. Sure 55F is cold in the winter, and no AC can be pretty miserable especially when the house has no tree cover, but it can be done.
Please, please tell me this is a missprint or a joke??
She keeps the AC at 70? Really? I am not on public assistance and I enjoy earning a handsome salary to support my family of five.
My thermo stays at 80.
they would have substantially cut their air conditioning and heater bills, since both wouldn’t have to run so long.
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This is a plus till the Utilities figured out they were selling less energy but would have to raise OUR rates to make up the ‘lost’ money.
Remember the oil companies used to ‘pee and moan’ about the additives in fuel - not so much as the territorial, but the fact they had to put the additives in.
When, during an ‘oil crisis’ Prez “W” offered that EPA would drop the additives (for a while) with the Oil Companies responding well, that won’t save much, something has to be in there.
Remember a public utility can work on a regulated profit margin - say 5% and if they only hit 4.99% - they can claim a loss for the year.
If we all could do that, imagine what the scams would be to drop the profit margin....(on paper)
I had the weatherization event at my house. If you get a discount for abject poverty from the electric co, this service is mandatory. Guy (a private contractor hired by either electric co or govt) came in and inspected my home from top to bottom, including closets for no reason I could determine. The piece of cheese at the end of the process was a free box of squiggly Chinese light bulbs. He installed them himself. When he was gone I removed them, put back the old ones and gave the freebies away. Which I hear is the only 100% safe way to dispose of them.
He also told me my desktop uses too much electricity and I should get a laptop. Near busted a gut — if I had laptop money he wouldn’t be standing there would he? Got no dryer, no stove, no a/c, no tv, now I should toss the pc too. Then he said get a different water heater. Yeah, how? Then he offered to take the six-yr-old fridge out and replace it with a new one, free of charge (to me, not so free to current taxpayers). No thank you.
He insinuated at some point that I might be considered uncooperative. I stuck my neck out letting him in the basement, since I also have no property insurance and the steps aren’t rated for 200-lb men. But...what’s a govt visit without a snarly threat of some sort, eh?
I have been doing that too. However, you need to be very careful if you have children. You tell anyone your house is 55, and the CPS will be there in two shakes, telling you you'd better make it 60 or surrender the minors. I am not kidding.
Using the oven all day would run up the electric bill and heat up the house. Bet she got a small business owner grant and another two or three because she’s a minority and a woman. She’s all about government freebies from us taxpayers who have enough sense to open a few of those 21 windows for a nice cross breeze.
And here I am paying for my own stuff like a sap!
Well, I’m glad she can feel the AC now. Here in North Texas, when it’s 110 degrees outside and the continuously running AC can’t get the house below 84, I change the thermostat to 85.
Amazing. I guess I shouldn't be surprised. I wonder if HSLDA would decide to get involved...
Yes indeed. I've seen that happen every place I've lived. One partiicularly blatent example was Snohomish County, WA back in the 1980s. The utility company built a nuclear plant without public hearings (as I understand it). The people sued and actually won their case. The judgement was that the never opened plant be torn down and every household in the county was eligible for up to $4000 in funds to be used for approved weatherization projects. We moved there at about that time, and we hired a contractor to superinsulate our house. We already had double paned windows and had installed a fireplace insert and a free standing wood stove in our kitchen. We extra insulated the crawl space and the attic. Now we found that we could heat the 4000 sq. ft house with the free standing wood stove just by leaving doors open so that the heat would flow. When temps dropped below freezing, we lit an additional fire in the fireplace insert. Worked like a charm.
Everybody was doing this and suddenly the utility was screaming that they were not selling enough electricity and they needed a rate increase. (Almost everybody had electric heat out there.) Just after we moved, the EPA came in and they imposed county wide regulations that prohibit wood burning for most people for much of the year.
I wonder when the last time she changed the HVAC filter, or the A coil was cleaned, or the condenser was washed out. I probably know the answer(15 yrs ago) s.
We had a weatherization program many yeas ago- no fancy AC or roofing, but tightening up windows, adding insulation, weather stripping, things like that. I remember it being for the low income elderly.
Our state spent an untold amount of money on weatherization of the “projects” throughout the state. AC, central heat, etc. If it is hot, you go by any one of these projects and the windows are open (to let out the crack and marijuana smoke). During a blizzard you drive by these projects and the windows are all open (to let out the crack and marijuana smoke). We pay the electric bills.
I read that Seattle spent $20 million and weatherized 14 houses.
It’s a slush fund.
It’s a political slush fund.
What is the ROI on each improvement made? Real dollars. Phantom returns?
Minus was a perfect candidate for the Weatherization Assistance Program. Paid for by....
THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER.
Reread the consitution, looking for the place it authorizes the government to stick its hand in my pocket so this character can have smaller bills. Could’t find it.
The question, then is: does anyone in government these days read the constitution?
Good observation!! There’re several scams afoot with this article and the the complainant’s info...
1. How did it happen that a 1000 sq ft house have 21 effing windows? Most would have 9 or 10!
2. Running commercial ovens in a small house and whining about the heat?
3. Betcha no bidness license in a residential neighborhood!
4. Under the table income not reported?
(I could go on and on, but you get the idea....)