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October 30, 2002

DOE Marks Weatherization Program's 26th Anniversary

DOE celebrated "Weatherization Day" on October 30th as the Weatherization Assistance Program, which helps reduce the energy bills for low-income households, reached its 26th anniversary. Over that time span, the program has provided energy efficiency improvements to five million U.S. homes, saving each household an average of $218 in energy bills annually.

DOE's Weatherization Assistance Program provides congressionally appropriated funds to state weatherization offices, which provide grants to local agencies to perform the work. These services are available in every county in the nation. For every dollar provided by the DOE program, an addition three dollars come from other sources such as state funds, utility programs, and federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In some states, such as Vermont, the weatherization office teams with other state programs to efficiently deliver additional services. For example, a home weatherization team might also fix unsafe electrical wiring or install a new refrigerator. See the DOE press release.