PORTAGEVILLE - A donation from an area business will enable homes in Southeast Missouri to be more energy efficient.
In October Lowe's in Sikeston donated $20,000 worth of housing materials to the DAEOC weatherization program. Lowe's in Cape Girardeau also donated approximately $13,500 in housing materials.
"Giving to DAEOC was the number one priority for us," said Dawn Watkins, Lowe's in Sikeston, "Over the years, I've worked with many people who have benefited from DAEOC's services. This is our (Lowe's) way of giving back to the community who has supported us. Lowe's is committed to helping the community through community betterment. This contribution will help DAEOC to continue to help those in need."
The merchandise that is being donated to DAEOC is old merchandise that must be removed in order to bring in newer supplies for Lowe's customers. These items are buy-back products in the store.
Angie Whitfield, return to manufacturer clerk for Lowe's in Cape Girardeau explained, "Instead of sending it back to the various vendors, Lowe's decided to donate the materials to DAEOC."
Henry T. Newman, interim director for the Energy Conservation Program at DAEOC, expressed the organization's appreciation of the donation from Lowe's at Sikeston and Cape.
"We want to continue our partnership with the for-profit businesses in the community," he said. "This will help us bring services to our families in need. Hopefully, it will free up some of our funded money to weatherize more homes."
DAEOC's Weatherization program has recently made available an auditing system to evaluate the energy efficiency of a home to help homeowner's reduce the cost of energy for a home this winter. A certified Weatherization professional can conduct an energy audit on a home and give an estimate of how much it will cost to reduce the energy cost of the home for a nominal fee.
For more information about this program, contact Anthony Sullenger, Weatherization auditor, at (573) 379-3851 or Henry Newman, Interim Energy Conservation Director at (573) 379-3851.
For more information about DAEOC and the services it provides log on to www.daeoc.org.