Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Hazel Johnson

Hazel Johnson



"The stimulus is helping to keep house warm and it's saving me some money."

Hazel Johnson lives in a small, 3-bedroom home in Aurora that was built in 1952 and has little insulation in the back bedroom, causing a strong draft during cold weather.

“In the back, that room is always cold,” she said.

Ms. Johnson, 65, works part-time as a nursing assistant at a senior home. She often takes care of her grandchildren. On days that her grandchildren are around, she turns up the heat to keep the house warmer. And that means higher heating bills, with some months costing her $165.

“The heating bills can be a hardship because my income is not that much. If something happened that I wasn’t able to work, I definitely wouldn’t be able to pay the utility bills,” she said.

Ms. Johnson said she was complaining to a neighbor about her high heating bills when he asked her why she didn’t apply for the weatherization work. “I asked him how to do it and he said ‘Call the county,’” Ms. Johnson said. She was approved and put on the waiting list.

In December 2009, a team from Arapahoe County came to her house to add insulation in the walls and attic, fix air leakages, seal ducts in the floors and install a new, energy-efficient refrigerator. The work is worth about $6,000 but Ms. Johnson won’t have to pay a cent.

The weatherization work “will be a great benefit,” she said.

“The stimulus is helping to keep house warm and it’s saving me some money.”



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