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Low-income residents can save on energy bills using El Dorado County’s weatherization program

By: Staff report
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Warmer weather has started making an appearance and could mean higher energy bills.

El Dorado County residents can keep their homes cooler this summer and warmer next winter, by taking advantage of free weatherization services through the El Dorado County Community Services Weatherization Program.

“The average household saves $400 each year on their energy bills after weatherization,” said Kyle Hartman, weatherization supervisor with Community Services.

Qualified low-income property owners and renters can receive an average of $3,055 in home improvements through the program.

“The goal is to make the home more energy efficient and to ensure occupant safety,” said Hartman.

Weatherization technicians check the home to see where improvements can be made; services are customized for each home and designed for maximum cost savings.

“We can provide shade screens, fix broken glass, install ceiling fans and insulation in attics, repair or replace water heaters, and repair or replace heating units and air conditioners, for example,” Hartman said.

The Weatherization Program also has an emergency fund to help eligible households with emergency repair, replacement and installation of heating/cooling appliances and water heating appliances. 

The Weatherization Program is available countywide. Households must meet eligibility guidelines and income requirements. For information about the program, call (530) 621-6150 on the west slope of El Dorado County or (530) 573-3490 in South Lake Tahoe, or visit www.edcgov.us/humanservices.

~ Staff report