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W.Va. Mom Sees Benefits of Weatherization

April 2, 2010 - 2:43pm


Not only is Rachael McCarty working full-time and going to college, but also she’s a full-time single mom of two small children. After moving to Bluefield, W.Va., from California a few years ago, Rachel bought her first home, a property that needed some work.

“It’s a very, very old house, and it didn’t really have any insulation,” she says.

Last year, Rachael was approved for the weatherization assistance program from Community Action of South Eastern West Virginia. The agency installed a new furnace and insulation, along with a new hot water heater and weather stripping for the doors. She says the house was much easier to heat this past winter because of those improvements.

“Life is now very good,” Rachael says. “My children are in a nice, warm home, thanks to all the work that CASEWV weatherization did.”

At age 22, Rachael now has her future ahead of her with a safe home in which she can raise her children. Her house also stands out in Bluefield from the rest. The inspiring young woman has painted her house yellow, with purple trim, and it’s also a more energy-efficient home now than those that haven’t been weatherized.

“The house was much easier to heat this past winter because of the improvements,” she says. “It probably cut my energy bills in half.”

Rachael was impressed with the weatherization program and the professionalism of the workers who made the improvements at her home.

“I wouldn’t have been able to afford to do the work myself, so I think it’s a wonderful program,” she says.