ECKAN program combats residence vitality prices – Information – The Ottawa Herald

Hundreds of homes were tested during this Kansas winter season. Some of these are much more energy efficient thanks to the ECKAN Weatherization Assistance Program.

The ECKAN Weatherization Assistance Program saves families money by reducing energy consumption and freeing up money for other budgeting needs. The program offers repairs and upgrades that improve the comfort, health, and safety of the home. Weather services can reduce a house’s energy consumption by up to a third.

“These savings can help people make their lives better and have a little cash in their pockets so they can afford to pay their utility bills, buy groceries and other household items by lowering their utility bills,” said Jeremy Graham, ECKAN Weatherization Program Director. “We also protect them by installing CO alarms and smoke detectors, and repairing or replacing unsafe ovens. And while we are weathering a home, we look for other hazards in the home that can cause health and safety problems. “

“The Weatherization Assistance Program is the largest energy efficiency program for private households in the country. ECKAN is fortunate to have this program in our service area to not only help households save money for utilities but also improve the health and safety of their homes, ”said Crystal Anderson, CEO of ECKAN.

Families entitled to income receive a comprehensive house energy audit free of charge for the customer, which is an assessment of the entire house. A certified energy auditor searches the entire home inside and out for inefficiencies and safety concerns using advanced equipment and techniques. The energy audit will provide a tailored representation of the areas for cost effective improvements. The improvements are made available free of charge by the ECKAN network of professional crews and contractors.

Eligibility is based on household income relative to federal guidelines for low income individuals. If a household includes a member who receives supplemental security income, temporary support for families in need, or benefits from the Low Income Energy Assistance program, the household is automatically considered weatherproof.

To qualify for the Weatherization Assistance Program, Kansans can review the Federal Poverty Guidelines for the program at and contact ECKAN Weatherization at 78-242-6413 or toll-free at 888-833-0832 Turn Office.

ECKAN Weatherization serves a 16 county coverage area including Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, Chase, Coffey, Douglas, Franklin, Greenwood, Johnson, Linn, Lyon, Miami, Morris, Osage, Woodson, and Wyandotte counties.

Founded in 1966, ECKAN, one of eight Kansas community action agencies, serves low-income people in East Central Kansas. ECKAN’s mission is to identify and focus available resources that enable eligible families and individuals to acquire the critical skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to achieve self-sufficiency.

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