Combating cold comes at a cost

COLUMBIA CITY — Northeast Indiana has seen extreme cold again this week as temperatures dipped well below zero Tuesday.Trying to keep the cold out of homes is a battle, but some programs assist in winterization and energy assistance for those who qualify.Susan Loe, an elderly Columbia City resident, applied for winterization assistance, and was referred to CANI, Community Action of Northeast Indiana. CANI works to provide free, energy-efficient improvements for homes of low-income families.Improvements may include insulating attics, walls and mobile home bellies, as well as repairing poorly-installed heating system equipment or leaking ducts, and the work can include some furnace repairs.As work was completed on Loe’s home, other issues became a concern. Her son, Brad Breidert, has been working with her to fix several issues.According to Breidert, one repair now needed is a cracked valve on Loe’s water heater that caused a significant leak. He said the broken valve happened at the fault of the contractor, Advanced Energy & Home Solutions of Angola, sent by CANI to do the winterization work.To read the rest of this story, see the Jan. 29 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.