More than 100 individual apartments at multi-family housing structures, including 32 in Payson, will be weatherized to permanently reduce energy bills for low-income families during Arizona's first statewide weatherization project in October.
Organized by the Arizona Community Action Association (ACAA) through collaborations with Community Action Programs (CAP) across the state and in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program, Weatherization Month projects are being supported by APS, the Housing Authority of Maricopa County and Southwest Gas.
No state funds are allocated for weatherization projects.
Confirmed projects will weatherize 30 units in Pinal County, 46 units in Avondale and 32 in Payson.Dates for the individual efforts are being finalized, and additional projects are being identified, according to ACAA Executive Director Cynthia Zwick.
"By weatherizing a home, we can reduce the energy bills for low-income people, instead of offering aid," she said."The result is reduced dependency and allows the families to reallocate their limited income for spending on more pressing needs."
Contractors and CAP staff members will install a variety of energy-efficiency measures, based on assessments from computerized energy audits and advanced diagnostic equipment.Typical measures include installing insulation, sealing ducts, tuning and repairing heating and cooling systems and replacing broken windows and doors.
Weatherization crews also perform health and safety tests that may include testing heating units and appliances for combustion safety, carbon monoxide and gas leaks; replacing unsafe heating and cooling systems; and installing smoke and carbon dioxide detectors.
For additional information, visit www.azcaa.org or call the Arizona Community Action Association at (602) 604-0640.