As winter approaches and the temperatures begin to fall, the importance of having energy efficient windows in homes is twofold: efficient windows help homes retain heat and keep families warm, and they also help keep energy costs down. Energy efficient windows also bring similar cost savings and temperature control benefits in the spring and summer months.
Benefits like these are reasons why Turlock Irrigation District (TID) has partnered with Habitat for Humanity Stanislaus County and its Windows of Hope program to help provide affordable windows to low-income families in need.
The program allows qualified homeowners to purchase energy efficient windows for $25 each, regardless of window size. Customers are asked to install the windows on their own, but Habitat for Humanity can assist. Participants are also asked to attend a one-hour orientation session.
In order to participate in the program, a household of four persons cannot exceed an annual income of $33,525 (homes with more than four persons, add $5,730 for each additional household member). Annual income cannot exceed $27,795 for a household of three, and homes with one or two persons cannot exceed $22,065.
TID electric customers who meet the above income eligibility requirements, in addition to owning the home in need of the window upgrade, are encouraged to call Habitat for Humanity Stanislaus County at 575-4585, extension 100, for further program instructions or visit the program web page at www.stanislaushabitat.org/home/windows_of_hope.