Madison County Accepting Home
Weatherization Program Applications
Article courtesy of stltoday.com / Illinois Suburban Jourmals
Although Madison County residents are today more concerned about staying cool as area temperatures exceed 90 degrees, it will not be long before air conditioners are turned off and furnaces are turned on to combat sub-freezing temperatures. Despite the temperature, the one consistent factor is the energy efficiency of residents’ homes.
According to a press release, Chairman Alan J. Dunstan recently announced the Madison County Community Development Office is accepting applications to assist eligible homeowners and renters in Madison County with the installation of energy saving measures to the applicant’s home.
“This is a program designed to help Madison County residents, particularly the elderly, disabled and those households with small children, stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter,” Dunstan said. “By making a home more efficient, it results in the conservation of energy and, importantly, lower costs to cool or heat your home.”
The energy saving measures are provided to qualified owner occupied applicants and renters, and include stopping air infiltration and general cool/heat waste, insulating attics and sidewalls to a specified “R” factor, caulking and weather-stripping, as well as addressing window problems. The program also includes the inspection of furnaces for health and safety and mechanical operation. If necessary, a new furnace may be installed.
Renter applicants receive the same weatherization measures, but a 50 percent landlord contribution is required for all mechanical work as well as a $150 assessment fee.
Frank Miles, administrator of Madison County Community Development which managers the program, said now is the time to complete an application.
“The Midwest, and our area in particular, is known for temperature extremes whether it’s triple digits in the summer or single digits in the winter. Now is a great time for homeowners to assess their respective heating and cooling situation and, if necessary take the steps to address the problems,” Miles stated. “Because funds for the Madison County Weatherization program are limited, we encourage qualified residents to make sure they submit an application as soon as possible to take advantage of this worthwhile program.”
Funding for the Madison County Weatherization Program is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as well the State of Illinois.
To receive weatherization assistance, a family’s gross income must fall within the established guidelines:
FAMILY SIZE ~ 30-DAY INCOME; ANNUAL INCOME
1 — $1,436; $17,235
2 — $1,939; $23,265
3 — $2,441; $29,295
4 — $2,944; $35,325
5 — $3,446; $41,355
6 — $3,949; $47,385
7 — $4,451; $53,415
8 — $4,954; $59,445
Madison County residents interested in obtaining additional information about the Weatherization Program should contact David Goodrich or Myrna Amisch at Madison County Community Development, 618-692-8940.