For 26 years, Carol has lived in her home. It has been the scene of numerous birthday parties, holiday dinners, and visits from the tooth fairy; holidays spent in the kitchen and vacations spent on the porch. Many joys (and sorrows) have run through the halls of her home, leaving behind the telltale scuffs and scratches of age.
Over the years, Carol tried to keep the house up. But what were once little maintenance issues, with time and inattention, have now turned into extensive and expensive repairs; things that are beyond Carol’s single income. The siding on her home was damaged and falling off. The back door was so weathered and water damaged, it barely opened, but looked as if one swift kick could easily turn it to rubble. Her home was cold and drafty. It was no longer a place her family wanted to gather. No more birthday cakes to celebrate another trip around the sun. No more holiday turkey slow roasting in the oven. What was once a comfy and cozy first home, become Carol’s maintenance nightmare.
Last Fall Carol received an excited call from her ex-husband. He was so thrilled she could barely understand him. With all the hoots and hollers you would have thought he had won a million dollars. Once he had regained his composure, he explained he had just qualified to have his home weatherized, for free. He explained that qualifying for the CAAGKC Weatherization Program was like winning a homeowners lottery. He explained the process and encouraged her to apply.
Carol, along with several of her neighbors, took part in the Kansas City Power and Light’s offer for a free energy assessment, to gauge energy usage in her neighborhood. Carol’s house had by far the worst rating. But she was determined to make her house a comfy and cozy home again. Not wanting to be last in among her neighbors, Carol applied for CAAGKC’s Weatherization program.
Since the CAAGKC Weatherization Program is only available to homeowners once, the organization worked hard to address each and every energy concern in Carol’s home. From the furnace to the attic fan, the missing siding to that rickety old back door, no area was left untouched. A properly sealed and vented fan was added to her bathroom, a plug was added to her fireplace to stop the cold winter winds from whipping through the house, and insulation was added to the walls to cut down on drafts. Her water heater was also wrapped in insulation, like a nice warm blanket, to reduce heat loss and save Carol money on her water bill. And just to be safe, two carbon monoxide detectors were also installed.
Carol’s home is now the most energy efficient home on the block, and she is the envy of all her neighbors. Since her Weatherization experience, she can now rest easy knowing her home will be both comfortable and safe for many years to come.