“Sometimes it’s hard to accept help from others. We feel blessed.” – Alex Komodore
Alex Komodore had a coupon to have his furnace checked for a small fee. He decided to take up the offer knowing the furnace was 40 years old. When cracks were discovered in the furnace, Alex learned it was dangerous to keep it – he and his family would be at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. But, unfortunately, he didn’t have the funds to pay for a new one.
“Being a single-income family with two college-age kids and a teenager, we are living on a shoestring budget. We would have to dip into our retirement funds to pay for a new furnace,” he said.
Fortunately, Alex qualified for free weatherization services from Veterans Green Jobs. When the auditors inspected his home, they identified the need to replace the 60 percent efficiency furnace with a 93 percent efficient unit; insulate the walls, crawlspace and ceiling; install weather stripping on the exterior doors and the garage entry; replace the water heater; and install a carbon monoxide/smoke detector. These services would be provided at no cost to Alex, thanks to funding from the Colorado Energy Office and other sources.
“I had no idea these services were available for free to families like ours,” said Alex, a college professor and professional musician. Withdrawing from savings was not an appealing option for Alex – nor was selling the 1942 home and buying cheaper. “This is a family home, built by my wife’s grandfather. We’re here to stay.” But for big unexpected expenses, he says, “It’s exceedingly difficult to figure out.”
Within one day of receiving the new furnace, Alex and his family already felt a difference. “My daughter walked into the laundry room, which shares a wall with the garage, and said, ‘It’s not like the Arctic in here anymore!’ We can also tell a big difference in the noise level. It’s much quieter now.”
In addition to increased comfort and warmth, Alex believes his monthly finances will be improved as well. Estimating that he had been paying $200 per month on heating bills, Alex anticipates those will be lower due to the new, high efficiency systems.
Alex and his wife are thrilled with the work of the Veterans Green Jobs team. “They were fabulous. They were trustworthy, professional, direct and courteous,” Alex said.
Alex wants other families like his to know about and take advantage of the free home improvements. “Sometimes it’s hard to accept help from others. It’s very humbling. We feel completely blessed.”
Veterans Green Jobs provides comprehensive home performance services to income-qualified homes with funding from the Colorado Energy Office, the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships and Xcel Energy, and with the collaboration of the Denver Green and Healthy Homes Initiative. These services make homes greener, healthier and safer while reducing the burden of high energy costs. Application for Free Home Performance Services /Solicitud de trabajos de climatización