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Free Weatherization Services Available to Eligible Franklin County Residents

January 13, 2016

With winter weather having finally arrived, MORPC urges Franklin County residents to take full advantage of residential energy programs that will keep their homes warmer in the winter, reduce energy consumption, and save them money.

MORPC’s experienced energy efficiency professionals perform energy inspections and safety checks of homes year-round. The staff start by thoroughly evaluating and identifying potential energy improvements and related health and safety hazards.  The inspection may result in tune-up or replacement of the furnace or water heater, installation of attic or sidewall insulation, or replacement of refrigerators, freezers, and light bulbs with more efficient models.

These services are free to income-eligible clients, who on average see a 28-percent reduction in energy bills each year. Energy savings can translate into income that can be put toward other needs such as food, health care, or transportation. To be eligible, one must rent or own a home in Franklin County and his or her total household income during the previous year must be equal to or less than 150-200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

“In the past 25 years, our team has served more than 15,000 households,” said Christina O’Keeffe, MORPC’s Director of Energy and Air Quality. “Our goal is to make homes safer, more energy efficient, and comfortable for residents.”

These programs and services are provided thanks to funding from the private utilities including Columbia Gas of Ohio and AEP Ohio along with federal funds through the Home Weatherization Assistance Program administered through the Ohio Development Services Agency.

We encourage MORPC members, partners and friends to spread the word about our free home weatherization services.  You can help by including an article in your newsletter, posting information on your social media pages, or by contacting us for printed materials or presentations at 614-233-4174.

For more information, or if you think you may qualify for these weatherization services, please visit www.morpc.org/energy or call 614-621-1171.