CHAI Weatherization Programs

January 25, 2013

… In all the articles about CHAI, as well as the accomplishments of past Executive Director Ken Gelula (“Life of CHAI, Dec. 28), nothing was mentioned about the Weatherization Program that CHAI has been offering for the past three years. In today’s world, it is so important not only to save money where possible, but also to properly maintain appliances and equipment [and] to insulate and to preserve homes for better greening. What better way than to be assisted by an organization that is already invested in our community? …

[CHAI] services include (but may not be limited to):
• Safety testing for furnaces and boilers
• Cleaning and tuning heating systems
• Sealing and insulating duct work
• Water heater and pipe insulation
• Attic, wall and floor insulation
• Door weather strips and sweeps insulation
• High-efficiency compact fluorescent light bulb installation
• Low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators installation

People with limited income can apply with the help of CHAI to receive free weatherization services. Qualification is based upon household-income guidelines.

Although it is not mentioned on its website, it is my understanding that CHAI offers these services as a fee-based program for those who desire and can afford to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. For certain energy-efficient services, there are tax deductions, but I am unsure whether or not CHAI services are deductible.

I believe the Weatherization Program is available to all Baltimore-area residents, although those with limited income may or may not have to be Baltimore City residents.

For information and more details, visit chaibaltimore.org/page.aspx?id= 237962.

Robin I. Cushner
Baltimore

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