ON YOUR SIDE: OACAC assisting low-income homeowners to prepare for winter

Published: Oct. 1, 2020 at 11:08 AM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Springfield’s OACAC is offering home winterization improvements for low-income households.

Acts as simple as caulking windows could cut utility costs by at least 15 or 20% in a home. The program frequently provides attic, floor and wall insulation too. Crews install vapor barriers, wrap pipes and ductwork, and caulk around the windows and doors. Sometimes, crews even replace doors and windows.

Crews just finished winterization repairs at Laurie Ross' home. They did all the usual stuff, but because her home had old knob and tube electrical wiring, they were also able to get funding to replace it before adding the insulation. She’s already noticing the difference in her home’s efficiency.

“Very excited, because yesterday we noticed it was hot outside, and never got above 73 inside,” said Ross. “So that was really nice, because usually if it was 85 outside, it was 80 inside. So that was great.”

OACAC is looking four more applicants now. If you don’t qualify, you can still do some of these things yourself, like caulking around your windows, new seals and sweeps around your doors, and use the plastic film that shrinks with a blow dryer over your windows.

Call (417) 865-7797 or visit oac.ac for more information.

Applicants must meet the 2020 income guidelines, based on a household income below 200% of the poverty level. Size of family unit Income threshold:

1: $25,520

2: $34,480

3: $43,440

4: $52,400

5: $61,360

6: $70,320

7: $79,280

8: $88,240

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