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April 04, 2003

DOE Awards $130.6 Million to 32 States for Home Weatherization

DOE announced on April 4th its award of $130.6 million to 32 states for energy efficiency improvements to the homes of low-income families. Low-income families spend an average of 14 percent of their income on energy, compared with 3.5 percent for the average American. Weatherization reduces an average home's energy costs by $224 a year. The program gives a priority to low-income families that include children, the elderly, or people with disabilities.

The Congressional appropriation for the Weatherization Assistance Program is $223.5 million in fiscal year (FY) 2003—enough to weatherize about 93,750 homes. The FY 2003 funding is down slightly from $230 million in FY 2002, but President Bush has requested an increase of nearly 30 percent for FY 2004. The program performs energy audits to identify the most cost-effective measures for each home, including such measures as adding insulation, reducing air infiltration, servicing the heating and cooling systems, and providing health and safety diagnostic services. For every dollar spent, weatherization returns $1.30 in energy savings over the life of the weatherized home. See the DOE press release, which includes a list of the grants to each of the 32 states. See also the Weatherization Assistance Program Web site.