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Weatherization program helps low-income homeowners
The Palm Beach Post (FL) ^ | September 14, 2011 | By Kevin D. Thompson

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at palmbeachpost.com ...


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1 posted on 09/24/2011 8:05:25 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

From each according to his ablity to each accroding to his needs?


2 posted on 09/24/2011 8:11:59 AM PDT by Klaatu Barada Nikto
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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!


3 posted on 09/24/2011 8:13:09 AM PDT by bossmechanic (If all else fails, hit it with a hammer)
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To: bossmechanic

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.


4 posted on 09/24/2011 8:15:52 AM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
How did the Colonists survive the summers of the 1600s and 1700s without proper weatherization and A/C?

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?

5 posted on 09/24/2011 8:17:05 AM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
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6 posted on 09/24/2011 8:19:03 AM PDT by digger48
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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7 posted on 09/24/2011 8:20:30 AM PDT by digger48
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"I would have my AC on at 70 degrees, but it was reading 85 degrees in my house," Minus said. "I was burning up."

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.

8 posted on 09/24/2011 8:26:54 AM PDT by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: digger48

Interesting catch. I wonder if that oven Ms -Minus uses for her bidness had anything to do with her electric bill ...


9 posted on 09/24/2011 8:31:42 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Klaatu Barada Nikto
Obama should have done this back in 2009 by starting a program to offer major incentives to put in better wall and roof insulation and install insulated windows on older houses.

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.

10 posted on 09/24/2011 8:32:10 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"Some people have to decide if they're going to pay their energy bill or if they're going to buy food or medication," Carman said. "It's very difficult for people on a fixed income to survive this day and age."

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.

11 posted on 09/24/2011 8:32:54 AM PDT by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
it was reading 85 degrees in my house," Minus said. "I was burning up."

Please, please tell me this is a missprint or a joke??

12 posted on 09/24/2011 8:32:59 AM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"I would have my AC on at 70 degrees, but it was reading 85 degrees in my house ..."
And I'll bet the outside air temperature was 80 degrees.
BTW, since when can the poor afford A/C?
13 posted on 09/24/2011 8:35:37 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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.


14 posted on 09/24/2011 8:41:10 AM PDT by DariusBane (People are like sheep and have two speeds: grazing and stampede)
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To: RayChuang88

they would have substantially cut their air conditioning and heater bills, since both wouldn’t have to run so long.
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
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)


15 posted on 09/24/2011 8:45:34 AM PDT by xrmusn ((6/98) The more people I run into, the better I like my cat.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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?


16 posted on 09/24/2011 8:46:48 AM PDT by HomeAtLast
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To: FourPeas
I survived w/o any gov't money, too. Imagine that. Sure 55F is cold in the winter

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.

17 posted on 09/24/2011 8:52:51 AM PDT by HomeAtLast
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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.


18 posted on 09/24/2011 8:54:29 AM PDT by bgill (There, happy now?)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

And here I am paying for my own stuff like a sap!


19 posted on 09/24/2011 9:00:51 AM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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.


20 posted on 09/24/2011 9:03:05 AM PDT by ken in texas (Can't Afford a Tagline... send money.)
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To: HomeAtLast
better make it 60 or surrender the minors

Amazing. I guess I shouldn't be surprised. I wonder if HSLDA would decide to get involved...

21 posted on 09/24/2011 9:07:15 AM PDT by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: xrmusn
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.

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.

22 posted on 09/24/2011 9:07:33 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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.


23 posted on 09/24/2011 9:30:26 AM PDT by VTenigma
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To: RayChuang88

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.


24 posted on 09/24/2011 9:52:32 AM PDT by handmade
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To: cripplecreek

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.


25 posted on 09/24/2011 10:02:40 AM PDT by Safetgiver (I'd rather die under a free American sky than live under a Socialist regime.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I read that Seattle spent $20 million and weatherized 14 houses.

It’s a slush fund.


26 posted on 09/24/2011 10:07:20 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: RayChuang88

It’s a political slush fund.


27 posted on 09/24/2011 10:09:31 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: RayChuang88

What is the ROI on each improvement made? Real dollars. Phantom returns?


28 posted on 09/24/2011 10:31:26 AM PDT by stocksthatgoup (Common sense although common knowledge is seldom common practice.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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?


29 posted on 09/24/2011 4:06:40 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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....)

JC


30 posted on 09/24/2011 10:40:53 PM PDT by cracker45
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