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New program aims to weatherize 80 Charleston-area homes over 2 years

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New program aims to weatherize 80 Charleston-area homes over 2 years

A new energy-efficiency program to help lower-income homeowners in the Charleston area will be launched Tuesday. Pictured is a compact fluorescent bulb, one of the weatherization items to be used in the project.

A new energy-efficiency program being launched Tuesday aims to weatherize 80 Charleston-area homes over the next two years.

The Sustainability Institute, South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. and Boeing Co. are teaming up for the new weatherization program. The Home Energy Savings Program aims to help low-to-moderate-income and fixed-income customers.

The program will receive support from Seattle-based Social Venture Partners, which has a local chapter, and AmeriCorps as well. In addition to weatherization, it will provide recipients with personalized energy savings, improvement and education about their homes.

Weatherization includes air sealing, wrapping water heater and hot water pipes, energy-efficient bulb installation, smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector installation, attic and crawl space insulation and duct system repair or replacement.

Energy tips include setting thermostats at 68 degrees Fahrenheit or lower in the winter and 78 degrees or higher in the summer; checking air filters monthly and changing them when necessary; keeping heating and air conditioning vents and interior doors open to keep air flowing freely; setting water heater temperature at 120 degrees and checking it periodically for leaks; and unplugging appliances, lights, TVs and computers when not in use.

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