Bernice Jones made history Tuesday when her house on East Second Street became the first in Kansas to be weatherized using federal stimulus funds.
Workers were installing a furnace, central air-conditioning unit and refrigerator in her 1920s-era bungalow Tuesday as she ushered in the Kansas governor and other state and city officials.
Opening her front door, she looked at the governor and then out over to a dozen people who'd gathered to watch and told them: "Just overlook the stuff I've got piled up."
She let Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson open her new energy-efficient refrigerator and led him down the basement to her laundry room, where he saw the new central air-conditioning and heating unit.
Steve Weatherford, president of the Kansas Housing Resources Corp., told the governor that because Jones was receiving the newer energy-efficient equipment, it could save her 30 to 35 percent each month on utility bills.
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