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WHAT DOES WEATHERIZATION HAVE TO DO WITH FIGHTING POVERTY?

Many people hear the word “weatherization” and have had a hard time imagining how some minor home improvements impact poverty. Low-income families are more likely to live in homes that are inefficient at retaining heat in the winter and staying cool in the summer– meaning higher utility bills that equal a larger proportion of a low-income family’s total income.

The cost savings created through common measures such as weather stripping, air-sealing around windows and doors, attic and wall insulations, and sometimes furnace or water heater replacement, means that low-income families have more money to spend on things like food and transportation, as well as more money to save for the future.

Services are provided by trained professional installers — CAPSLO employees who are supervised by the Energy Services Director who is a licensed general contractor. Work is performed inside of the family’s home, enabling staff to assess whether there are other unmet needs and make referrals for appropriate services.

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