The Weatherization Assistance Program can help keep your home warm this winter, a media release states.

Weatherization measures reduce cold air infiltration and prevent warm air from leaking to the outside. This can increase the comfort of your home significantly and lower your energy bill.

Low-income families already suffer from a heavy energy burden, paying 14 percent of their annual income for energy compared with 4 percent for other households. Higher energy prices can drive this burden to 20 percent or more.

The Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program provides energy efficiency services to low-income families, with priority given to the elderly, persons with disabilities, and families with children. Weatherization reduces energy costs for these households by increasing the energy efficiency of their homes, while ensuring their health and safety.

Weatherization crews use computerized energy audits and advanced diagnostic equipment to determine the most cost-effective measures for each home. Typical measures include: attic insulation, caulking, weather-stripping, CFL light bulbs, smoke alarms, and carbon monoxide detectors.

Households meeting the income eligibility requirements can apply for services at Muskogee County Community Action Foundation Inc. Because of the high demand for assistance, applicants may be put on a waiting list. For information on the Weatherization Assistance Program: Michael Knapp, (918) 683-7637 or visit him at 315 N. Fifth St.

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