U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
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DOE Provides $96.4 Million for Home Weatherization
July 6, 2006
DOE announced on July 6th that it will award $96.4 million in
weatherization program grants to 19 states for energy efficiency
improvements in low-income households. These 19 states begin their
weatherization year in the summer; in April, $140.3 million in
weatherization grants were announced for the remaining 31 states.
Every state will receive weatherization grants this year, as well as
the District of Columbia, the Navajo Nation, and the Inter-Tribal
Council of Arizona. The total funding for fiscal year 2006 is
$243 million, which will provide weatherization to approximately
96,560 homes. See the
DOE press release.
DOE's Weatherization Assistance Program performs energy audits to
identify the most cost-effective measures for each home. The energy-saving measures can include adding insulation, reducing air
infiltration, servicing heating and cooling systems, and providing
health and safety diagnostic services. Weatherization can reduce an
average home's energy costs by $358 annually and can lead to more
jobs, more affordable housing, higher property values, reduced fire
risks, and lower owner and renter turnover. See the
Weatherization Assistance Program Web site.