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Hurricane Gets $20,000 Grant For Energy Audits

Reported: Mar. 6, 2014 6:42 PM EST
Updated: Mar. 6, 2014 10:13 PM EST
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HURRICANE, W.Va. (Chris Williams) -- Our homes can be money pits if they aren't energy efficient.

"People move here, people live here. We want to maintain a nice livable working community," Hurricane City Manager Ben Newhouse said.

The city applied for a $20,000 grant and has partnered with Southwest Community Action to do home energy audits.

"It's absolutely 100 percent free program, free audit. It takes several hours, probably 3 to 4 hours minimum," Newhouse said.

Here's how it works" The auditors come into the home, look for leaks, insulation and other energy issues that are costing homeowners money.

"I actually take all of the data that I would gather up out in the field, and put it into a software program," said Energy Auditor Mark Hatfield.

That program tells Hatfield how to fix your home.

"We make a recommendation to it, and it tells us what is the cost effective measures to do, based upon the air leakage of the home,” Hatfield said.

Newhouse said with the 20,000 dollars the city can inspect about 50 homes, and they will start doing that sometime this summer.



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