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Warm Temperatures are a Reminder to Apply for Home Weatherization Services

    July 23, 2019

    Extreme hot and cold temperatures can lead to higher energy bills and an uncomfortable home, so the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) is once again drawing attention to its home weatherization services, which can be of benefit to income-eligible Franklin County residents at no cost.

    “The summer temperatures often serve as an uncomfortable reminder of how inefficient a person’s home is. Those people whose homes are leaking cool air in the summer will also find that their homes leak warm air in the winter. That’s why the time to apply for MORPC’s services is right now.”
    MORPC Residential Services Director Robert Williams

    The services can help make a home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Based on eligibility, customers may receive the following services at no cost:

    • Repair or replacement of furnaces and water heaters
    • Attic and sidewall insulation
    • Air sealing
    • Replacement of refrigerators, freezers, and light bulbs with more efficient models

    During the past 30 years, MORPC has serviced nearly 20,000 Franklin County households through its programs. MORPC’s inspectors start by thoroughly evaluating and identifying potential energy improvements, as well as related health and safety hazards.

    Home weatherization saves residents an average of $400 per year on energy bills.

    The programs are available year-round and are provided at no-cost to income-eligible clients thanks to funding from Columbia Gas of Ohio’s WarmChoice program, the Ohio Development Services Agency’s Home Weatherization Assistance Program and Electric Partnership Program, and AEP Ohio’s Community Assistance Program.

    To be eligible, the person must rent or own a home in Franklin County and have a total household income during the preceding 12 months equal to or less than 150-200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.  Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) Plus and Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) recipients are encouraged to apply.

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

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