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A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned

Avatar photo by Casey Woods, Executive Director | September 7, 2016
Help is available to make homes more energy efficient for low-income families in Lyon County* through the ECKAN Weatherization Program.  This help is provided at no cost to those who own their home, as well as those who rent, who qualify under the program guidelines. 
Energy saving measures may include:
  • Cleaning and tuning up of the furnace to assure efficiency and safety or replacement of furnace if necessary.
  • Sealing leaks in heating systems.
  • Repairing broken glass in windows.
  • Sealing holes in outside walls and ceiling for insulation installation.
  • Insulating attic areas.
  • Insulating exterior walls.
Weatherization 2016 Income Guidelines
 Household Size
LIEAP Limit          
130% of Poverty
DOE Limit
200% of Poverty
 $ 15,444
 $ 23,760
 $ 20,826
 $ 32,040
 $ 26,208
 $ 40,320
 $ 31,590
 $ 48,600
 $ 36,972
 $ 56,880
 $ 42,354
 $ 65,160
Gross income for the past twelve months cannot exceed the amounts shown above.
The Weatherization program is funded by federal Department of Energy (DOE) and Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) funds that are regulated by the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation.  These grants allow ECKAN to pay for furnace repair or replacement in individually owned homes, and allow $250.00 towards furnace repairs or replacements in rental homes.  If the amount of repairs or replacements exceeds the $250.00, the landlord of the rental property is responsible for the remaining portion. 
Families are automatically eligible if TANF or SSI was received at any time during the past 12 months. Applications are available at http://eckan.org/weatherization.html or at the 
Lyon County ECKAN Community Center at 215 W. 6th Ave, Suite 204 in Emporia.  
Questions?  Contact the ECKAN Weatherization Department:  888-833-0832.
 *ECKAN’s Weatherization program also covers:  Anderson, Butler, Chase, Coffey, Douglas, Franklin, Greenwood, Harvey, Johnson, Marion, Miami, Osage and Wyandotte Counties.

About the Author

Casey Woods, Executive Director

Before accepting the director position in March of 2009, Casey worked in both retail and agricultural jobs in the family businesses. A lifelong resident of the Emporia Area, Casey was a ten year volunteer for Emporia Main Street prior to his appointment as director. During that time he served as the board president and chair of the Economic Vitality Committee.

Casey also serves as a partner in PlaceMakers, LLC, a consulting firm that routinely works with both large and small communities, and their businesses, to promote sustainable economic growth through community and economic development practices. Casey consults with businesses, organizations and communities to understand their market capacity and fill vacant spaces. He has been involved in two projects that included crowdfunding as a part of their overall business funding strategies, Radius Brewing and Twin Rivers Winery & Gourmet Shoppe.


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