Agency receives grant extension to continue weatherization

A Western Colorado agency has received a $2.4 million grant extension to continue offering free weatherization services to low-income residents in a seven-county region.

Housing Resources also was selected to participate in a national case study on the effectiveness of such programs.

“We were picked because we performed the best in Colorado,” said Mike Hansen, weatherization program manager at Housing Resources, based in Grand Junction.

On average, energy use in homes that have gone through the Housing Resources weatherization program decreases 30 percent.

“Our homes had the lowest average energy consumption prior to being weatherized. Typically, that means there’s a smaller potential for improvement. However, our clients received the most in energy savings,” Hansen said.

The grant extension will allow Housing Resources to provide free weatherization services in a total of 428 homes in Mesa County as well as in Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties.

The program is designed to reduce energy use and improve comfort for qualifying low-income residents.

Weatherization services include energy audits and conservation information as well as compact fluorescent light bulbs, furnace safety testing and replacement, insulation in attics and walls, refrigerator replacement, storm windows and sealing air leaks.

Applications for weatherization services are available by calling Housing Resources at 241-2871, extension 101, or visiting the Web site at www.housingresourceswc.org.

In addition to receiving the grant extension, Housing Resources was among 10 weatherization program organizations selected by the Oak Ridge National Laboratories to review for a case study on the effectiveness and success of those programs in the United States.

Housing Resources — a private, nonprofit corporation — promotes affordable housing and energy conservation through a variety of programs for low- and moderate-income residents.