These programs are designed to assist in achieving a healthful dwelling environment to include a safe, efficient heating system, and maximum practical energy conservation in dwellings of low income persons least able to afford higher energy costs or home repairs. The Harlan County Community Action Agency’s Weatherization program receives funding from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the United States Department of Energy. The primary function of the Harlan County Community Action Agency’s Weatherization program is to provide basic energy saving methods to reduce home energy costs for low-income families (must be at or below 150% of the federal poverty limits).
In 2014, 42 homes in Harlan County have been weatherized through our Weatherization program. So far in 2015 (through May 31), we weatherized 29 homes.
Federal Poverty Guidelines at 150%
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Our success story for this quarter is about a lady who has battled cancer and is a cancer survivor.
She heard about our program and applied for Weatherization. Her home was in need of repairs. Her main issue was trying to keep her home warm in the cold weather. Our Weatherization Crew went out and informed her of the measures of what would be taken to correct these problems. She had no insulation in the attic, the floors needed repair, and the air infiltration coming through the windows and doors was bad. She had new doors that were installed, dryer ventilation and dryer vent installed, light bulb replacement, plumbing and some electrical issues repaired. We also installed carbon monoxide (CO) detectors so her home could be up to code. We worked five (5) days repairing and making her home more efficient and warmer for a pleasant living environment.
She was well pleased with our performance and work. She can rest assured her home will be warm for the winter. The Weatherization Crew here at the Harlan County Community Action Agency enjoy helping people, that is our Weatherization Mission.
Our success story is about an elderly lady who lives by herself. She came to us for help with her electric bills. She said that in the winter, her electric bills were very high and she was having trouble paying due to not having enough insulation and her duct system was found to be in very poor condition to animals tearing the flex ducting down. Upon doing the energy audit on the home, we also found she had some air leaks around the doorways and trims in the home.
For the problem of not enough insulation in the attic, we proceeded to put baffles in the attic for ventilation prepossess. She only had a marginal amount of insulation in her attic which was around R-11, where her house is located in the winter months. She does not get very much sun light to help heat the house. We proceeded to insulate her attic to R-38 to help her keep heat in the house to help save on her electric bill.
We were also able to help by installing a moisture barrier (ground cover 6 mil plastic) to help control moisture under the house. For the floor problem for not being insulated, we were able to install fiber glass batt insulation of R-19 to help with keeping her floors warmer and may help cut a small amount of her electric bill.
Finally, her duct system has been torn by animals. Her heat and air was going under the house so we were able to fix the flex duct and seal the floor boots and seal the outside package unit to help directing the air flow. She was very pleased and appreciated everything we have done for her.
Our story is on a family who have a child with a disability and an adult daughter. Their kitchen roof was falling in, had mold and mildew showing through the sheet rock. The sheet rock was sagging and falling down. We were able to get some help from a group of volunteers that came in from New York. They were able to replace the roof and stop the water damage to the home.
This house was built as what we call a coal camp house. The house has only what was necessary for you to have a roof over your head. As expected, there are no forms of insulation in the home. The home has some major air infiltration problems around the windows and the doors. For the windows, we caulked around to seal and stop air from getting in.
For the doors, we used weather strips and caulk to seal the frames inside and outside around the doors to stop the air from coming in the house. We also used some furring strips to seal around the frame to prevent air leakage into the home.
The house was not insulated very well; it does not have any type of insulation under the floor to help keep out the cold. To remediate that, we installed the floor to R-19; we used fiberglass batts under the floor. We also installed a moisture barrier.
The walls were not insulated, the cavities were empty. So we drilled holes and blew insulation into the walls to help stop the transfer of heat or cool air through the wall cavities. Our goal is to help our client with energy consumption. The more we can help with that, the better we become at doing our job. The walls were done to around R-11 to R-13.
The attic does not have enough insulation for our region which requires approximately R-38. The house only has R-11. We were able to add about 11 inches to what was already there to make the house more energy efficient to help the client cut down on their electric bill and to make the house more comfortable.
We air-sealed in bedrooms. After the foundation had settled, we found some gaps around the bottom of the walls; we sealed off all holes to prevent air from coming in to the rooms with foam and furring strips.
The floor were in pretty good shape; there was a couple of weak spots that we were able to fix for the client.
The client are happy with all that we were able to do for them. They said that if it was not for the Weatherization program, they probably would not have been able to get all the work done to fix the house. The client expressed how grateful for all the help we were able to provide and to help get the roof fixed by having the volunteers help with the cost of the new roof.