On Tuesday, October 19th, Logan Public Transit attended an Open House demonstration of the state-of-the-art weatherization techniques used in the Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) to reduce energy use by low-income Ohioans in Murray City. The guest list included State Representative Debbie Phillips, State Senator Jimmy Stewart,Congressman Zack Space,representatives of the Ohio Department of Development, Columbia Gas, Conservation Services Group, members of the community including local public officials, COAD, Community Action, HWAP vendors and media representatives as well as many others.
In an effort to serve more families in a more efficient manner, a new and unique approach to energy efficiency service delivery is being explored.Currently households are weatherized through a first-come, first-served approach as applications are received at local Community Action Agencies. By changing service delivery to a ‘block by block, town by town’ model, weatherization services can be streamlined, saving both dollars and environmental impact. Communities which receive residential and commercial retrofits will benefit by having lower utility costs, allowing for those savings to be diverted as economic investment locally.
This innovative approach to weatherizing an entire community has not yet been implemented anywhere in the nation. Murray City is an excellent community for such a pilot demonstration project. Given the size of the community in terms of residential and commercial units, and the geographic boundaries of the community, Murray City presents a tangible scale to test the new approach. Further, because of stakeholders such as Hocking-Athens-Perry Community Action Agency and the Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development there is an infrastructure in place to deliver the project model. This pilot project will leverage programs from utility providers to provide services for income-eligible residents at no cost to them and no cost/reduced-cost options for non-income eligible residents.
If you are interesting in weatherizing your home, contact Hocking Athens Perry Community Action for details.
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