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Panhandle Community Services Celebrates National Weatherization Month | News

Panhandle Community Services is changing lives and leading change in Texas’ 26 major counties. The weatherization program allows low-income families to save on energy costs, thereby reducing their high energy load. October is National Weatherization Month. This is an opportunity to highlight the impact of the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), which saves energy, improves the health and safety of homes and supports jobs and small enterprises. National and local WAP agencies plan events and actions every year to show the importance of these programs. According to the US Department of Energy, low-income households bear a greater burden on energy costs, typically spending 13.9% of total annual income compared to 3.0% for other households (2020ORNL study). Often times, they have to cut spending on health care, drugs, groceries, and child care to pay their energy bills.

DETAILS: October 8, in the parking lot of our Amarillo office. We will celebrate National Weatherization Month and invite the public to come from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. The address is 1309 SW 8th Ave. PCS will provide free hot dogs, weatherization coloring books, energy saving tips and more. Community members who need help paying their utility bills are welcome to come and speak to one of our specialists, we will also have information about the positions we are recruiting for and other programs that benefit. to local residents.

OTHER PARTICIPANTS: Atmos Energy Workforce Solutions Health Services Coalition Goodwill Mission Amarillo Texas Workforce Commission Region 16 Headstart and Early Headstart El Ponderosa 96.1 who will perform a remote live SPECIAL TIMES IN THE

EVENT: At 11:30 am, DJ with Welcome Pardoner will present our Executive Director with an award for random acts of kindness and at 12:30 pm Atmos energy will present an energy aid check to PCS.

IMPACT: Weatherization earns $ 2.78 in non-energy benefits for every $ 1.00 invested in the program. The non-energy benefits are of tremendous value to families whose homes receive weatherization services. After bloat, families have more livable homes, resulting in fewer missed work days (eg, sick days, doctor visits) and a decrease in direct medical expenses of $ 514 on average. The total health and household benefits for each unit average $ 14,148.