Oct. 21, 2013. W.A.M.Y Community Action Inc., moves to push awareness for weatherization during the month of October by advocating to local community members, public officials and legislators about the importance of continuous funding for the program.
W.A.M.Y uses professionally-trained crews to conduct computerized energy audits and advanced diagnostic equipment to identify energy-saving strategies in single-family, multi-family and mobile homes.
Cost-effective weatherization measures and those that are essential for health and safety are then performed, including, but not limited to, installation of insulation, furnace and boiler retrofits and cooling measures for warm climates. All households that are at or under 200 percent of the poverty guidelines qualify to be assessed for services.
“This is one of the only programs that is so inclusive operating under the poverty line, so a lot of people qualify who think they wouldn’t,” Adam Bryant, weatherization coordinator for W.A.M.Y, said.
Since the creation of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program in 1976, more than seven million households have experienced energy efficiency, financial, health and safety gains as a result of weatherization measures.
The weatherization program got a boost in funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) in 2009 and rewarded North Carolina with $131.9 million for weatherizing homes.
W.A.M.Y raises awareness through radio advertisement, public service announcements, fliers, disseminating information at food banks and shelters, visiting senior centers and by holding national awareness days.
Now that the ARRA funding is over, W.A.M.Y’s budget has been greatly reduced. On National Weatherization Day, Oct. 30, W.A.M.Y will team up with Carolina Barbeque for a free barbeque fundraiser at its Avery office on 723 Cranberry St. in Newland.
Click here for a chart of weatherized units completed over the ARRA period.
- Weatherization reduces the nation’s dependence on foreign oil imports and plays an important role in the nation’s energy security. Weatherization reduces national energy demand by the equivalent of 24.1 million barrels of oil each year.
- WAMY successfully weatherized 443 homes during the ARRA period.
- It was also one of the few programs in the state to be awarded funding to continue to the very end of the recovery period.
- During the ARRA period, WAMY was able to offset 1,174 metric tons/per year of carbon monoxide and 23,479 metric ton/per year of CO2 emissions.
- Nationally, the Weatherization Assistance Program on average saves $437 or more in annual utility bill savings year after year
- After weatherization energy savings average 35 percent of consumption for the typical low- income home.
High Country Press