BROOKSVILLE - For low-income families having a hard time paying their energy bills, a program offered through Mid Florida Community Services may be able to help.
Last week, both the city of Brooksville and the county issued a proclamation and resolution, respectively, naming Oct. 30 Weatherization Day.
"This is what Weatherization Day is all about, making people aware of our services," said Brenda Mobley, Weatherization Program Director. "We want to make a difference in people's lives through energy measures that will lower heating and cooling costs so families can use funds for other financial means."
Mobley said low-income families pay on average about 18 percent of their annual income on energy - as compared with 5 percent of other households - due to energy inefficient homes, often with a significant amount of "air leakage."
Mobley said the Weatherization Program is free of charge to families who qualify, though the waiting list is about a year long. The program works with families to identify sources of energy inefficiency or safety issues in their homes, and work to correct them. Some of the services include weather stripping, caulking, repair to ceilings, walls and floors, attic insulation and ventilation, replacing refrigerators, heating and cooling units and water heaters and adding solar screens.
Mobley said the health and safety of homes is addressed as well, and the Weatherization Program program also provides tips on lowering high electric bills.
Those interested for applying for the Weatherization Program can call (352) 796-1427 or stop by the office at 820 Kennedy Blvd. in Brooksville.