DOE Awards $94.8 Million to Weatherize Homes in 20 States

July 29, 2004

DOE awarded $94.8 million to 20 states on July 1st to improve the energy efficiency of the homes of low-income families. Such families spend an average of 14 percent of their income on energy, compared with 3.5 percent for the average U.S. family. Weatherization reduces an average home's energy costs by $218 a year.

Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham announced on July 27th and July 29th the award of $1.13 million to Arizona, 5.48 million to Colorado, $2.93 million to Georgia, $13.85 million to Illinois, $4.52 million to Kentucky, $2.65 million to Maryland, $9.86 million to Minnesota, $6 million to Missouri, $2.49 million to Nebraska, $835,429 to Nevada, $1.72 million to New Mexico, $4.16 million to North Carolina, $2.5 million to North Dakota, $14.71 million to Pennsylvania, $1.92 million to South Dakota, $4.18 million to Tennessee, $2.08 million to Utah, $4.02 million to Virginia, $8.57 million to Wisconsin, and $1.17 million to Wyoming.

DOE's Weatherization Assistance Program performs energy audits to identify the most cost-effective measures for each home, which typically include adding insulation, reducing air infiltration, servicing the heating and cooling systems, and providing health and safety diagnostic services. For every dollar spent, weatherization returns $1.40 in energy savings over the life of the measures. The program is delivered through the states and 970 local agencies, and gives priority to low-income households with elderly members, people with disabilities, and children. See the Weatherization Assistance Program Web site.