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Community Action recognizes October as Energy Awareness Month

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[September 29, 2008]  Recognizing the importance of conserving energy, the Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois announces and celebrates October as national Energy Awareness Month.

Community Action administers a variety of programs to assist the seniors and low-income individuals in the community. One program administered by Community Action is the Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the state supplemental Energy Assistance Fund. The program is a long-term solution designed to help low-income residents save fuel and money, while increasing the comfort of their homes.

Annually, Community Action weatherizes over 80 homes throughout central Illinois, with the goal of saving energy. Although most dwellings waste energy, different types of houses and apartments have different energy problems. Depending on the circumstances and condition of the dwelling, the program seals cracks with weatherstrip and caulk, insulates attics and walls, and sometimes repairs windows and doors. Weatherization services also include having an experienced heating contractor examine the heating system. This contractor ensures that the heating system is safe and in good working order.


The funding is limited annually, and priority is given to those homes with young children and senior residents.

"We encourage everyone to consider ways they can reduce their energy usage," said Rick Campbell, weatherization director. "There are many simple things that can be done to lower your bills that don't cost a thing: for example, turning off lights when they aren't in use."

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Community Action also recommends the following tips:

  • Open window coverings on the sunny side of your home to take advantage of the sun.  Be sure to close the coverings as the sun goes down.

  • Set your water heater to no more than 120 degrees. 

  • Keep your freezer as full as possible. Use plastic bottles with water to fill in the empty spaces.

  • Make sure food is cool and covered before it goes into the refrigerator. 

  • Run full loads in your washer and dryer.  

  • Vacuum your refrigerator coils and keep lights and lighting fixtures clean.

  • Unplug your televisions, DVD player and VCR when on vacation.

Community Action is currently planning an event to celebrate National Weatherization Day on Oct. 30.

Community Action serves Logan, Mason, Menard, Fulton, Piatt and DeWitt counties with a variety of programs. For more information, visit

[Text from file received from Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois]

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