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Posted on: February 21, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE 19-016 - City expanding weather audit incentive program

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CITY OF LEBANON COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE

POINT OF CONTACT: Derek Gean

RELEASE: 19-016

VOICE: 417.991.2310

EMAIL: dgean@lebanonmo.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The City of Lebanon is expanding its weather audit incentive program.

The Lebanon Weatherization Works Incentive Program can help offset costs for weatherization efforts, providing incentives of up to $1,750 for certain completed improvements.

"Lebanon wants to reduce its overall energy consumption, in part, by offering incentives for completed weatherization improvements. And in turn, the resident will save on future utility costs," said Melissa Myers, grant/project specialist.

"The main goal of a weatherized home is to improve the energy efficiency of your home," she added.

Weatherization is recommended for all homes, though homes with the highest utility bills while experiencing comfort issues, will feel the most impact, Myers said.

Lebanon’s Weatherization Works program is available to both owner and renter-occupied homes. However, the homeowner must be the applicant for this incentive program.

When the home energy audit is conducted, the homeowner will pay a $50 fee and the City of Lebanon pays the remainder of the fee up to $150. Other reimbursements include up to $200 for caulking and weather stripping, up to $800 for exterior doors window and ductwork and up to $750 for insulation efforts. Homeowners are responsible for 50 percent of the improvement costs up to the allotted benefit. Dependent on household income, some participants may qualify for funding from Missouri Ozarks Community Action and have no out-of-pocket expenses.

The ultimate goals of the program are to:

- reduce energy usage

- save on utility costs

- increase indoor comfort

- potentially improve health for inhabitants

Interested customers can call 417.991.2SAVE (2728) to schedule a pre-screening assessment appointment with a weatherization specialist. At this appointment, a 3-year usage history report will be completed for the property. Participation is limited due to funding and priority is reserved for Lebanon Utility customers with high utility bills who struggle to maintain a comfortable temperature during peak demand seasons.

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