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A family of six stay warmer, save money and are safer. 

Greg and Ramona, who live in St. Paul with their four children, were unable to repair a cold, drafty problem in their house because both had recently lost their jobs. A friend suggested they contact Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties and they enrolled in the Energy Assistance Program.

As part of the program, Greg and Ramona learned they qualified for a free energy audit plus weatherization services. A Community Action Energy Auditor performed the initial audit, which included a blower door test and other services. Next, a contractor cleaned, tuned and tested their furnace. They replaced the water heater valve, installed a bath fan, repaired the filter rack on the furnace, and installed smoke detectors and a carbon monoxide detector in the home. Then a weatherization crew insulated and vented the attic and sealed major air leaks. A final inspection verified that the free weatherization work on the home was completed properly.

“The crew members took time to explain what they were doing and why it was important,” says Ramona. “They also provided us with information about things we can do to maintain the safety and energy efficiency of our home.”