“We finally decided to call. We were cold.” – John Montoya
Brother-and-sister team John Montoya and Delia Hammons live in the duplex they share with their 99-year-old sister, Lee. The siblings have lived there comfortably together since the early 1970s, and hadn’t put much thought into home energy efficiency projects until a Veterans Green Jobs volunteer left a brochure on their doorknob recently.
John and Delia didn’t call Veterans Green Jobs right away for a service appointment – they thought about it for a while. “But we finally decided to call. We were cold,” laughs John.
The Wheat Ridge home, built in 1972, had single-pane windows, and John and his sisters were getting cold drafts through both the windows and the doors.
“We used to put towels along the windowsills, or those foam rolls at the bottom of the door, to keep cold air out,” says John. Delia didn’t like to crank the heat up – she preferred to put on a sweater or “get busy and get warm.” Although the heat is never turned up too much, the utility bills in Lee’s unit have been high, averaging more than $200 per month.
They are hoping that the services they received from Veterans Green Jobs – first in Lee’s unit and then in Delia’s – will help lower the bills.
Veterans Green Jobs technicians checked the home’s existing furnace, but the unit was in good shape, so they simply cleaned it and conducted routine maintenance. They did install insulation in the walls and ceiling, insulate the furnace room pipes, air-seal the windows and doors, install new energy efficient refrigerators in each unit, install CFL lightbulbs in fixtures throughout the house, and mount smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as well as a new showerhead.
The fact that these services were free was a big bonus for John, a widower, and his two sisters, both widows. They qualified based on their income levels.
“For all that work, we would have had to pay cash up front. You just don’t have that kind of money all the time. We might have done a little bit at a time,” says John.
“We had no idea about this service, but it made sense,” says Delia. And, she adds, “It is warmer now. And it feels cooler in summer.”
John and Delia both agree the Veterans Green Jobs weatherization team was efficient, friendly, respectful and thorough.
“We had no problems at all. They were careful to put plastic up wherever they needed to, and moved the furniture like it was nothing. They were messy – but they didn’t leave any mess. We can’t even tell holes were in the walls and cupboards.”
Veterans Green Jobs provides comprehensive home performance services to income-qualified homes with funding from the Colorado Energy Office, Xcel Energy and the Low Income Energy Assistance Program. 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