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January 26, 2011

300,000 Homes Weatherized in Recovery Act Milestone

Photo of working adding insulation to an attic.

More than 300,000 low-income homes have been weatherized so far under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Credit: Karen Doherty, Ohio Department of Development

More than 300,000 low-income homes have been weatherized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, DOE announced on January 19. The milestone reached in November means that states are now more than half way toward meeting President Obama's goal of weatherizing approximately 600,000 homes under the Recovery Act. The weatherization program is helping low-income families save money on their energy bills by improving home energy efficiency with upgrades like insulation, air sealing, and more efficient heating and cooling systems. The program has also trained a new generation of clean energy workers and is employing more than 15,000 workers nationwide.

Additionally, the pace of the work accelerated, as a network of state offices, local agencies, and weatherization providers completed more than 100,000 jobs in the last four months of the survey. Weatherization assistance reduces energy consumption for low-income families on average 35%, saving families on average more than $400 each on their heating and cool bills in the first year alone. Nationwide, the weatherization of 300,000 homes is estimated to save $161 million in energy costs in just the first year. See the DOE press release, a list of the homes weatherized by statePDF, and the Weatherization Assistance Program Web site.

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