Weatherization Program

Charles Viney honored in the AECP Energy Conversation May monthly Weatherization Newsletter

CHARLES VINEY Clinch Valley CAA, Energy Auditor

Charles began his career at Clinch Valley Community Action (CVCA) as a crew technician and just after his first year he became the crew supervisor on March 19, 2009. Soon after on May 18, 2009 he became the estimator inspector which eventually led to him becoming the energy auditor on March 01, 2013 and he currently holds that title today. Beyond this Charles has many things he has accomplished over his career including the following: CPR/First Aid, Lead Safety, Weatherization Tech Fundamentals, Renovator, Weatherization Fundamentals, Energy Auditor, Heating System Fundamentals, Asbestos O & M Worker Initial HVAX Sizing, ASHRAE 62.2, BPI Building Analyst, NEAT/MHEA Energy Auditor, OSHA, Retrofit Installer Technician, Quality Control Inspector, Manufactured Housing Fundamental, BPI Infiltration & Duct Leakage Certification, HVAC Fundamentals, and his Residential Building Energy Analyst License.

Though all these accomplishments are vast his greatest asset is being supportive, caring, resourceful and always willing and happy to offer services wherever they are needed no matter how daunting they may seem. Charles is fondly known as the go-to person when a task needs to be completed. His performance levels are always a step above and beyond what is expected of him or what is job entitles. Over the past fifteen years we have known Charles to be a fantastic teammate, always cheerful and exceptional in all he does. Through many leadership and employee changes throughout his career he has exemplified our agency mission and his knowledge and skills are what sets him apart from the rest. His quick wit, attention to detail, loyalty, high work ethic, and enthusiastic work performance are all the endearing qualities that make him a very valuable member of the Clinch Valley Weatherization staff.

Submitted by Sandra Corell, CVCA Housing Director

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The Weatherization Program is an initiative aimed at improving energy efficiency and reducing utility costs for low-income households. The program focuses on implementing various weatherization measures that enhance the energy performance of homes, making them more comfortable and economical to live in.

The program begins with a comprehensive energy audit conducted by qualified professionals who assess the current state of the property's energy usage and identify areas for improvement. This evaluation includes analyzing insulation levels, air leakage, heating and cooling systems, windows, doors, and other components that impact energy efficiency.

Based on the energy audit findings, a customized weatherization plan is developed for each home. This plan outlines the recommended upgrades and measures that will be implemented to enhance energy conservation. Typical weatherization measures may include:

1. Insulation Installation: Adding or upgrading insulation in walls, attics, basements, and crawl spaces to minimize heat transfer and maintain a more stable indoor temperature.

2. Air Sealing: Identifying and sealing air leaks, such as gaps around windows, doors, electrical outlets, and pipes, to prevent drafts and reduce energy waste.

3. Energy-Efficient Lighting: Replacing traditional incandescent bulbs with energy-saving LED lights to reduce electricity consumption.

4. Water Conservation: Installing low-flow showerheads and faucets, as well as addressing any water leaks or inefficiencies, to conserve water and reduce utility bills.

5. Window and Door Improvements: Upgrading windows and doors with energy-efficient models that provide better insulation and minimize heat loss or gain.

By participating in the Weatherization Program, eligible households receive substantial benefits. They experience improved comfort within their homes, reduced energy bills, and enhanced indoor air quality.  Additionally, the program contributes to environmental sustainability by lowering carbon emissions associated with energy consumption.

Those who wish to receive Weatherization services should contact Clinch Valley Community Action at 276-988-5583.

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