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Dawn, who suffers from Muscular Dystrophy, called Kitsap Community Resources (KCR) Weatherization’s program recently to ask for assistance. Our Weatherization Specialists did an initial home audit and found her roof was leaking. She also had plastic sheeting for a tub surround, the furnace was not working, the electrical panel was a fire hazard and there were exposed wires throughout her home. The manufactured home had no insulation in the floor and minimal insulation in the roof. The Weatherization Specialists determined her home was in great need of repair and had health and safety issues as well.

KCR’s Weatherization program goes will beyond installing insulation. They assess air quality and air flow, determine health and safety hazards, install measures to reduce heat loss and conserve energy, and make minor repairs, including accessibility improvements. The service is free to income-eligible households in Kitsap County. Funding has been made available by the Kitsap County and Bremerton Community Development Block Grant programs, the State Energy Matchmaker program, Puget Sound Energy and the state Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development.

In Dawn’s case the Weatherization Team repaired and insulated the floors, wrapped the water lines in the crawl space area with insulation to protect from freezing, insulated the roof, installed new roofing and gutters, air sealed two open wall cavities inside the home, replaced the electrical panel, closed up exposed wires throughout the home, installed a tub surround and energy efficient bath fan, and replaced the old refrigerator with an energy efficient model. In addition KCR’s Energy Assistance program was able to replace her furnace. Upon completion of the home Dawn was counseled on energy conservation.

Dawn will benefit right away from weatherization in many ways. Investment to savings calculations for the energy conservation measures alone are shown below
Attic insulation $1,856. simple pay back in savings 1.8 years
Floor insulation $1,663. simple pay back in savings 1.4 years
Refrigerator cost $490. simple pay back in savings 1.1 years

And comparing her energy bills before and after weatherization, she has immediately experienced a 16% reduction.

For more information about KCR’s Weatherization program, call 473-2045.

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