This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

September 01, 2010

200,000 Homes Weatherized in Recovery Act Milestone: Vice President

Vice President Biden on August 26 announced that 200,000 homes had been weatherized so far under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. As a result, more than 200,000 low-income families have saved money on energy bills while conserving energy, and thousands of workers such as carpenters and electricians have been employed under DOE's Weatherization Assistance Program. Weatherization services can cut a family's average annual energy bill more than $400 during the first year after home retrofits, according to a recent study by DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The weatherization program is now upgrading homes at its optimal rate—approximately 25,000 homes per month—and is on its way to an Obama Administration target of making 600,000 residences more energy efficient under the Recovery Act.

The milestone recognition comes a week after DOE released its notice of the selection of 119 successful U.S. organizations that will receive nearly $120 million to support new pilot weatherization projects designed to demonstrate innovative delivery, groundbreaking financial models, and new conservation technologies. Overall, the Administration is investing about $90 billion through the Recovery Act in clean energy and energy-efficiency projects that cut costs, reduce energy use, and create jobs. See the DOE press release, the August 25 edition of EERE Network News, and the ORNL energy savings report (PDF 287 KB). Download Adobe Reader.