U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
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DOE Awards $140.3 Million to 31 States for Home Weatherization
April 3, 2006
DOE announced on April 3rd its award of $140.3 million to 31 states and
the Navajo Nation to make energy efficiency improvements in the homes
of low-income families. DOE's Weatherization Assistance Program cuts
these families' energy bills by making home improvements such as
plugging air leaks, improving insulation, and tuning air conditioning
and heating systems. DOE will award a total of $243 million during
this fiscal year, providing weatherization to more than 96,000 homes.
See the DOE press release.
The average U.S. family spends 3.5 percent of its income on energy,
but for lower-income families, energy bills can average 14 percent of
their income. DOE's Weatherization Assistance Program lessens that
impact, reducing an average home's energy costs by $358 annually.
Weatherization grants will go to every state this year, as well as the
District of Columbia, the Navajo Nation, and the Inter-Tribal Council
of Arizona. State energy offices distribute the weatherization program
grants through more than 900 local agencies. DOE estimates that for
every dollar spent, the program returns $1.53 in energy savings to
low-income families. See the Weatherization Assistance Program Web site.