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Santa Rosa County - The rain is clearing out and cooler weather is moving in The break from the Florida heat will probably be good news for your wallet.
But, there are things you can do to your home to make it more energy efficient year-round.
For about the past four months Sue Landon has had to use a window unit to cool her home.
Because the central unit wasn't very reliable. Then six weeks ago she lost her job.
Fortunately Sue had signed up for the weatherization program and her home was chosen to be upgraded, making it more energy efficient.
"God is good. I give all the credit to him and he's working through all of these people here and I'm so thankful," said Sue Landon.
Thirty volunteers from Gulf Power and the community action program worked hard on the home.
They installed a new central heat and air unit and water heater. They also replaced windows and weather stripping and made other weatherizations installations.
Sue can now expect a drastically lower energy bill.
"Just by making the air ceiling changes and doing the upgrades any where from 27% to 37% is the reduction off the top and then if we educate the client on which we try to do on individual bases and teach them things they can do to save energy themselves its even a higher savings," said Connie Parker.
The program is federally funded and this year they received $1.2 million to help 150 low income families from Okaloosa to Escambia county.
Each home will get around $7,000 in upgrades. But, contractors say anyone can make these changes on their own.
"A lot of older homes have single pained windows there is caulking weather sealing just installation just simple stuff," said Randy Bennett.
There is about 120 homes left to finish in this program.
Contact 850-679-4817 for more information. Access the website on our newslinks tab here.