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News   |   Sep 26, 2018
October Marks Energy Awareness Month

Home Energy Efficiency Highlighted at MORPC’s 2018 Weatherization Showcase

    October 29, 2018

    Cold temperatures can lead to higher energy bills and an uncomfortable home, so the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) recently demonstrated how its home weatherization services can be of benefit to income-eligible Franklin County residents at no cost.

    During the past 30 years, MORPC has serviced more than 19,000 income-eligible Franklin County households through its programs. MORPC’s experienced energy efficiency professionals perform energy inspections and safety checks of homes throughout the year.

    Lester Reynolds speaks about his experience with MORPC's weatherization services.

    That’s what they did at the home of Columbus Resident Lester Reynolds, whose home was featured at the 2018 Home Weatherization Showcase. The showcase provides an opportunity for community leaders, program funders, and the public to see MORPC’s weatherization services in action and highlights the value of these important services.

    “Columbia Gas got in touch with me through the mail and explained to me that my home was using more energy than what’s normal for a house this size. It included a phone number that I could call in order to have someone come out, look at the problem, and do something about it.”
    Columbus Resident Lester Reynolds

    MORPC’s inspectors started by thoroughly evaluating and identifying potential energy improvements, as well as related health and safety hazards. With a cracked heat exchanger on his furnace, Reynolds’ home was emitting carbon monoxide, which MORPC addressed by replacing the furnace.

    At the showcase, stations were set up throughout Reynold’s home, highlighting the new furnace and hot water tank, the insulation installed in his attic and sidewalls, as well as devices such as an infrared thermography camera and a blower door. The showcase was also featured on Fox 28’s Good Day Marketplace:

    Program funders in attendance included Columbia Gas of Ohio Energy Efficiency Manager Jack Laverty, AEP Ohio Community Assistance Program Manager Debbie Reed, and Ohio Development Services Agency Office of Community Assistance Deputy Chief Randall Hunt.

    Hunt presented MORPC with a proclamation, on behalf of Ohio Governor John Kasich, recognizing October 2018 as Energy Efficiency Month. With temperatures falling this time of year, insulation and air sealing are especially important for keeping warm air indoors.

    Those seeking more information on MORPC’s programs can visit morpc.org/energyservices or call 614.261.1171.

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