October is National Energy Awareness month and the 30th is Weatherization Day! As we head into Fall and temperatures start to drop, our energy bills generally go up. Heating our homes can account for as much as 40% of our entire home energy consumption. So why is it important to be aware of our household power use? First of all, COST!
Low-income families are disproportionately affected by high home energy costs. The average low-income household spends 16.3% of their gross annual income on home energy costs. Comparatively, other households only spend an average of 3.5% of their gross annual income on home energy. This means that making a difference in the energy costs of low-income families can have a dramatic effect on their monthly costs and significantly improve their quality of life.Read More
Did you know that the U.S. Department of Energy declared the month of October as Energy Action Month? Furthermore, did you know that Energy Action Month comes to a close by celebrating Weatherization Day on October 30th?
Weatherization Day is an opportunity for a local, state, and national focus on WAP (Weatherization Assistance Program) and the work that is performed by all the members of the program. Since 1976, when the program was started, WAP has weatherized over 7.4 million homes across the nation. Now that's something to celebrate!
Our region is subject to some pretty extreme seasonal climate changes. Winters can get very cold and summers are extremely hot, well over 100 degrees for multiple days on end. When you are living in a home with outdated appliances, bad insulation, single pane windows and air gaps around doors, the outside elements come right inside. More than just being uncomfortable, these issues can create health risks for residents. Water leaking in during the winter can cause mold and air quality issues, and sustained heat over 100 degrees for long periods of time can be dangerous for infants and the elderly.
The Energy and Environmental Services division of Butte County Community Action Agency focuses on helping low-income households save energy through weatherization programs, appliance and heating/cooling system repairs and replacements, water conservation with low-flow fixtures and a variety of other improvements. There is also an emphasis on health and safety, making sure that smoke detectors are working and checking for gas and carbon monoxide leaks. The improvements that we offer save our clients an average of $283 per year on their utility bills.Read More
The Butte County Community Action Agency’s weatherization and energy savings program is committed to helping lower income families ensure that their homes are energy efficient and safe. Every day, our team reaches out to present the program and opportunities to help qualify participants.Read More