Governor proclaims October Energy Action Month and October 30th Weatherization Day in Kansas
TOPEKA – In honor of Energy Action Month and National Weatherization Day, Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) is joining with Governor Jeff Colyer to promote the benefits of weatherization and invite eligible Kansans to apply for free weatherization services.
Weatherization cuts utility costs and lowers energy consumption by ensuring homes hold in heat in winter and cool air in summer, improving comfort and reducing health and safety concerns. The Weatherization Assistance Program is the nation’s largest residential energy efficiency program. KHRC, which administers the Kansas Weatherization Assistance Program, provides free weatherization services for qualifying low-income Kansas homeowners and renters.
Last winter, Shelly Crane of Iola faced mounting heating bills, rising medical costs, and growing health concerns as her home became increasingly chilly and uncomfortable. The Kansas Weatherization Program conducted an energy audit and provided upgrades including a new high-efficiency furnace, insulation, LED light bulbs, and carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, in addition to various air sealing measures. The improvements reduced her home’s energy consumption by a third. “We have seen savings each month, which has gone to good use,” Ms. Crane said. “We are warmer and safer.”
KHRC’s weatherization services may include sealing drafts and air leaks, adding insulation, caulking or minor repair of windows and doors, installation of LED light bulbs, and other energy-saving upgrades. Additionally, homes are assessed for energy-related safety concerns. Inefficient, non-functioning, or dangerous furnaces and heating systems are inspected for potential repair or replacement.
Eligibility for the weatherization program is based on household income relative to federal low-income guidelines. If a household contains a member who receives Supplemental Security Income, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits, or utility assistance from the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP), the household is automatically eligible for weatherization services.
KHRC encourages all Kansans to follow these steps to lower energy costs and improve safety and comfort this winter:
- Turn down the thermostat and save the shorts and T-shirts for warmer weather.
- Confirm windows are not only closed, but locked.
- Close fireplace dampers when not in use.
- Open curtains during the day to allow the sun to warm your house; close shades at night to help keep in the heat.
- Regularly replace air filters on HVAC units.
- Seal cracks, gaps, and holes that leak warm air out and let cold air in.
- Get a tune-up and safety inspection of your HVAC unit.
- Check for and install additional insulation where needed. Always remember to air seal first.
Additional energy saving steps:
- Upgrade light bulbs to LEDs.
- Immediately fix water leaks and drips and consider low flow devices.
- Enlist a professional to conduct an energy audit and identify energy waste, especially in difficult-to-access areas like crawl spaces and attics.
Kansans seeking assistance in managing their energy costs are encouraged to visit KHRC’s website to learn about weatherization providers in their area.
See Governor Colyer’s proclamation announcing Energy Action Month and Weatherization Day here.
For more information on energy awareness or the Kansas weatherization program, please contact Scott Kuhn, Weatherization Program Manager, at 785-217-2048.
For general inquiries about KHRC, please contact Emily Sharp, Communications Director, at 785-217-2012.