Hot summer temperatures often mean high utility bills. These bills often place a strain on household budgets and especially for those who are on limited income. Saving money on energy bills makes a huge difference for families on a tight budget.

The Greater East Texas Community Action Program is seeking home weatherization applicants for low income households in Harrison, Upshur and Panola Counties. The work is free to eligible households.

“We suspect there are a lot of eligible homes in this area and we want to encourage people to apply,” Program Coordinator Kelsey Roberts said. “This program does not cost the resident anything. It saves people money on utility bills.”

Weatherization addresses energy saving measures in homes to make them more efficient. Generally the end result is lower utility bills. Elderly, disabled, families with young children and the working poor are the target households. Proof of household income and citizenship is required. The condition of the home is also a major consideration in order to be eligible.

The program does not provide rehab work such as roofs, plumbing, electrical and major home repair. U.S. Department of Energy rules are followed, and the program is research based.

“GETCAP has been performing weatherization services since 1976,” Executive Director Karen Swenson said. “Common measures include adding insulation, assessing the efficiency and safety of heating and cooling units, and air infiltration work. We know from our history weatherization works! It reduces energy bills at no cost to the resident. For those on a fixed income this is significant.”

For information call (800) 621-5746 or directly at (936) 585-7224. Information and the application are available on the website: www.get-cap.org. A list of GETCAP services by county is found on this website as well as more detailed information.

Greater East Texas Community Action provides weatherization services in 30 counties in rural east Texas. All GETCAP programs are available regardless of race, color, creed or national origin.