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Non-profit helps Eleva woman prepare home for winter

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Eleva (WQOW) - You've probably already dug those sweaters out of storage by now, and it's only a matter of time before you're digging your car out of the snow.  We all know winter is coming. Wednesday a local non-profit helped an Eleva woman prepare for the cold as part of National Weatherization Day.

Western Dairyland Energy and Program Housing Director, Mike Canaday, says, "We still see many homes that have no insulation in the side walls or the attics."

That's why a federally funded weatherization program is cushioning crawl spaces for those in need across the Chippewa Valley.

Canaday says, "Based on income eligibility they apply for the fuel assistance program. Then they automatically qualify for weatherization."

And this help couldn't come at a better time for Marian Rudy. It's only been two weeks since her husband, Clifford, passed away.  It was Clifford who made the call and applied.

"That was just him; he took care of everybody else and worried about everybody else and not himself. He was a hard worker and made a beautiful life for us, and always took good care of mom and he's still taking care of her," says Marian's daughter, Kris Schreiber.  

Canaday has been with Western Dairyland for 32 years. He says everyone should do some prep work ahead of Wisconsin winters. "Just the air sealing alone. I mean anyone can go in and caulk around the windows and doors. Try and seal it up. If you see holes, if you can see outside, you've got air coming in," says Canaday.

Schreiber says her dad would be content to know Marian's winter will be just a little warmer. She says, "Oh that was another thing! Mom are you warm enough? Do you want me to turn the heat up?  He'd cover her up and tuck her in before she'd get in bed.  That's the way he was. So he'd be very happy that she was taken care of."

The total cost on the work done at Marian's home was about $6,500.  It could reduce her energy and heating bills by about 30 percent. 

Western Dairyland does weatherization for about 240 homes a year in Eau Claire, Buffalo, Trempealeau, and Jackson counties.

To find out if you're eligible or to apply, click here.

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