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Friends, Colleagues, and Energy Efficiency Advocates:


The Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development(COAD)and the Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland Community Action Commission (KHCA)will be celebrating Weatherization Day in Coshocton, Ohio on Monday, October 30th from 10am-12pm.  The event will include workshops on energy efficiency, demonstrations and will feature our keynote speaker, Representative Larry Householder.

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is currently funded by the U.S. Departments of Energy.  Created in 1976 to assist low-income families, particularly the elderly, people with disabilities and children, the WAP improves the energy efficiency of homes while ensuring health and safety for families.  WAP is partnered in Ohio with Utility Funded Energy Efficiency Programs. Columbia Gas of Ohio’s WarmChoice Program targets high-consumption, PIPP eligible consumers and provides retrofit measures and energy efficiency applications to homeowners and tenants. This program identifies and corrects health and safety issues and repairs. This highly successful program has operated since 1988 and continues to serve as a model for other Demand Side Management (DSM) programming around the country.  The American Electric Power Community Assistance Program  and the USF Electric Partnership Program assist PIPP and HEAP eligible customers in providing energy efficient lighting, water measures, refrigerator replacement and applicable weatherization measures. The Housing Trust Fund (HTF) is designed to promote affordable housing services and improve housing conditions for low-income families and individuals who own their home.  Funding is used for emergency home repair/handicapped accessibility modifications and services related to housing and homelessness. COAD has been awarded and successfully administered this program since 1997. Since that time, hundreds of homes have received HTF repairs along with energy conservation services such as HWAP and utility-sponsored programs. Many of these homes would not have received these energy conservation services unless repair work had not first been employed.

The combined energy efficiency efforts of state agencies and local utilities such as ours helps the nation reduce its dependence on foreign oil, improve environmental outcomes, create jobs, decrease the cost of energy for families and improve the health, safety, and comfort of our homes. Weatherization is a modest investment, which pays for itself. Over time, millions of dollars in savings are returned to the local economy. For every one million dollars invested in weatherization work, 17 local jobs are created.

The 17 COAD member Community Action Agencies have weatherized over 100,000 homes in the 30 county Ohio Appalachian Regions since 1975.  The energy savings in dollar value over the life of the measures installed this year will yield approximately $9.4 million dollars at today’s energy prices that can be invested in the local economies throughout Appalachian Ohio.

We hope you will be able to join us for the Weatherization Day Open House Celebration!

 

We look forward to seeing you on Monday, October 30th at 10:00 am.  The event is being held at:  1113 East Main Street, Coshocton, Ohio 43812. Parking will be available nearby with signs posted.

 

For more information or to RSVP please contact Nicole Peoples, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 740-594-8499, ext. 253.

Best regards,

Ronald J. Rees                                                                                                   Michael Stephens

Executive Director                                                                                              President

Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development                                               Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland Community Action Commission

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