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High demand for SNAP weatherization

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As temperatures continue to drop, more people are weatherizing their homes. As temperatures continue to drop, more people are weatherizing their homes.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

As temperatures continue to drop, more people are weatherizing their homes.

But the process can put a pit in your pocket, and one local organization is having a hard time keeping up with demand.

SNAP has a weatherization program, but in order to qualify, you need to get an energy appointment first.

Those appointments are booked for the next month, then the wait time to get help is more than a year.

The program weatherizes about 25 homes a month.

Insulating attics, walls and basements is their biggest priority.

The service is free to those who qualify, saving customers thousands of dollars in the process.

"If a company came in here and probably did this work it would be anywhere from two to four thousand dollars. And then if you get a heating system you're talking another thousand dollars so it costs a lot of money to have this done but SNAP comes in and does it," says Don Gaunt, SNAP Technical Services Coordinator.

There are still options for those who can't afford to wait a month for an appointment or a year for weatherization help.

SNAP offers classes where you can get tips to keep your energy bill down.

A limited number of heat assistance appointments are available to those who take the class and are income eligible .

For more information on SNAP services click here: http://www.snapwa.org/

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