Weatherization Showcase Highlights MORPC’s Residential Services
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 when they apply at morpc.org/save.
MORPC has serviced more than 20,000 income-eligible Franklin County households through its programs over the past 30 years. The agency’s experienced energy efficiency professionals perform energy inspections and safety checks on homes no matter the season.
That is what they did at the home of Columbus Resident Tona Moore, whose home was recently featured at the 2019 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.
Moore had heard about the program through a friend. After contacting MORPC and going through the application process, she received a new furnace and insulation – as well as LED lightbulbs, smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors.
At the showcase, stations were set up throughout Moore’s home, highlighting the new furnace, the insulation installed, as well as devices such as an infrared thermography camera and a blower door. The services were also featured on Fox 28’s Good Day Marketplace.
Those participating in the showcase included MORPC Sustainability Advisory Committee Chair and Franklin County Economic Development and Planning Director Jim Schimmer, Columbia Gas of Ohio Warmchoice Program Manager Adrian Andrews, and Ohio Development Services Agency Office of Community Assistance Deputy Chief Megan Meadows.
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 apply at morpc.org/save, call 614.261.1171, or text INFO to 614.307.6944.