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The Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission Weatherization Assistance Program is part of the nation’s largest residential energy efficiency network. Trained inspectors with state-of-the art equipment aim to reduce the cost of energy for low-income families by professionally evaluating single family dwellings, multi-family dwellings, and mobile homes for safety and energy efficiency. A typical evaluation includes:
- Testing for gas leaks, carbon monoxide, and other health and safety issues.
- Checking the safety and efficiency of combustible appliances such as furnaces, stoves, and water heaters.
- Determining air infiltration sources and determining methods for air sealing and insulating the home as needed.
Once a home is evaluated, a work order is prepared which outlines energy measures to be performed on the home which will optimize the home’s energy efficiency. The work order measures are performed by highly trained HVAC and Weatherization professionals. The work performed on the home may be done by Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission (NKCAC) in-house crews, sub-contractors or a combination thereof. Measures performed may include:
- Seal air infiltration, install insulation, add ventilation, chimney repairs.
- Install fire and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Tune, repair, or sometimes replace heating equipment and water heaters.
- Repairing windows and doors.
- Tune, repair or replace furnaces as needed.
- Insulate homes as needed.
- Make minor repairs to homes for health and safety reasons (windows, doors, ceilings, roofs, ventilation, etc.).
- Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Services are provided to qualified low-income families in Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Owen, Kenton and Pendleton Counties. Applicants must make an appointment with their local NKCAC Neighborhood Center and provide the following information and documentation:
- Name, age, and social security numbers for all home occupants.
- Monthly income verification for all occupants.
- Energy bills from the last 12 months or a print out from your utility company.
- Proof of ownership of property to be weatherized.
As a homeowner, there are numerous things you can do to save energy. Some simple and common practices include:
- Install switch and plug gaskets on outside walls to reduce air infiltration.
- Spray foam around openings such as plumbing penetrations that are not sealed.
- Install weather strips and door sweeps on drafty doors.
- Caulk around windows and/or install window kits to block air flow.
- Unplug chargers and appliances when not in use such as TV’s, microwaves, DVR boxes, etc.
- Replace your old light bulbs with energy-efficient CFL bulbs.
- Upgrade your old appliances with energy-star rated ones.
- Change your furnace filter every 30 days.
- Install a programmable thermostat.
- Clean your refrigerator grill regularly to allow proper air flow so it can work efficiently.
NKCAC's weatherization services has achieved 'program of excellence' designation and 'most innovative' award three of the four years the Cabinet for Families and Children gave these awards. In 2006 NKCAC's weatherization program won the prestigious Outstanding Human Services Program in Northern Kentucky award, given each year by Northern Kentucky Area Development District.
Click here for a listing of the Neighborhood Center locations where you can apply for weatherization services.
NKCAC has prepared a series of energy conservation resources to help residents control their energy costs, and even offers community workshops to provide even more conservation information.
Duke Energy, Northern Kentucky's largest energy provider, encourages energy conservation as the nation's "fifth fuel" and provides many helpful energy savings tips on their website.
Owen Electric, Northern Kentucky's second largest utiltiy company, provides many useful tips for saving energy.
Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission's Weatherization is funded and admistered by the following
The U.S. Department of Energy. DOE has an excellent website with information on saving energy.
Kentucky Housing Corporation provides funding, monitoring, oversight and assistance.
Community Action Kentucky provides training and technical assistance.
Duke Energy provides funding for refrigerator replacements in the Duke Energy services territory.
The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance a non-profit that provides reduced cost energy assessments and financial incentives to support home energy improvements.