SACRAMENTO COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — Having the means to cool or heat your home can be an issue of life and death, but it often comes down to a question of cost.
Both long- and short-term fixes are out of reach for many families, but there is help.
All of the improvements to the Kirakosyans’ home, from the new double-paned windows and glass doors to the heating and cooling upgrades, new showers, light bulbs, insulation and bathroom fan have all been provided free to the homeowners courtesy of the Community Resource Project.
The nonprofit’s services include long-term and emergency home weatherization.
Dana Gonzalez, the Community Resource Project inspection supervisor, estimated the upgrades could save residents 25% to 50% on their energy bills.
“That’s huge for them. When we come in for programs, that could help them change their lives, educate them on how to save money, and at the same time, free up other money,” Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez estimated the upgrades would have cost the residents $20,000 if they were paying a private contractor.
Lena Kirakosyan said her pre-weatherization monthly utility costs were around $300.
But it wasn’t just the high bill she wanted gone, her family’s health is also top of mind.
“When it was cold, it would get really cold in the house, so the heater was always running,” Kirakosyan told FOX40. “It would always cause constant headaches, so I’m sure this is going to be be a great change for all of us.”
The Community Resource Project uses income, household size and energy costs to select families eligible for weatherization and energy efficiency upgrades in Sacramento, Yuba and Sutter counties.
Their team assesses a home’s needs and performs the work, leaving families to focus on other priorities.
“This is our why. We are doing everything for our little ones here,” Kirakosyan said of her triplets and their little sister.
The Community Resource Project also offers emergency help during extreme weather, such as taking people to cooling centers or lending air conditioning units.
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