Scotlandville resident Gloria Hawkins, 71, used to get up at 3 a.m. to cook breakfast so heat from the kitchen wouldn’t circulate around her house during the day. Before she received assistance from the free Home Weatherization Assistance Program , Hawkins said she and her family suffered in heat, especially when they used kitchen appliances. “I couldn’t even turn the oven on to cook cornbread or anything. It’d get so hot,” Hawkins said. “All the heat would just stay in the living room where we sit.” But the blistering room temperatures have ceased, thanks to the Quad Area Community Agency, one of the weatherization service providers in southeast Louisiana. The program allows anyone who qualifies to access part of a federally-funded pot of $3.5 billion, part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, to weatherize their home for free. In late July, the agency installed a two-part foam insulation in Hawkins’ attic and in the front of her house. It also installed a new refrigerator and air conditioner, along with new shower heads, LED light bulbs, smoke detectors and kitchen hood vents, Hawkins said. It didn’t take long for her to notice immediate changes, starting with less sweating. “In fact, I don’t sweat… Read full this story
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