Editorial: In Praise of Weatherization

September/October 2005
A version of this article appears in the September/October 2005 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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September 01, 2005
Home Energy receives dozens of e-mails each month from people who find out about us through our Web site, maybe read an article or two from our archives, and write us about problems they are having in their homes and apartments. We have a stock response, something like “We’re a small nonprofit with limited resources and we can’t always respond to your e-mails...”We also try to give more specific information when we can, especially to our subscribers. Some of the e-mails break our hearts. Here is a composite: “Dear Home Energy, If you can't help me, I pray you can suggest someone who can. We are an elderly couple living on a fixed income. Recently I smelled gas in the house…” More often than not, our response involves connecting people with a home performance professional we know who works in the same area as the person sending the e-mail. Most often that professional is from the local weatherization agency. We are thankful that there is a Weatherization program, and that we have the option of sending our e-mail correspondents to knowledgeable service people who can help them. These requests for ...

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