The Warmth of Home – Pete and Marylou Felix
Pete and Marylou Felix are in their mid-70s and live on a fixed income with their adult disabled daughter. Their small house in Belen was built out of cinder block with very little insulation. Mr. Felix installed a wood stove to help compensate for the inadequate furnace, but an open swamp cooler and leaky vents, doors and ducts made the house miserably cold.
"It was terrible," Mr. Felix said. "We ran the heater day and night to try to keep warm. When the utility bills got too high, we bundled up and tried to turn it off."
Then last year, Mr. Felix suffered a heart attack. He was no longer able to chop and haul wood for the stove, making their situation even more intolerable. That's when MFA stepped in to help.
MFA's NM Energy$mart program provided the Felixes with a new energy-efficient furnace, a new water heater with insulated plumbing and almost 18 inches of attic insulation. Doors and ducts were sealed, the swamp cooler damper was repaired and mechanical ventilation was added. In addition, safety devices like CO2 detectors and smoke alarms were installed, as were water-saving showerheads and faucet aerators.
In addition to being safer and more comfortable, the Felixes can expect to save more than $500 a year on their utility bills. "We are so grateful for all you have done to help us," Mr. Felix told an MFA staff member recently. "It has made all the difference."