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DOE Awards $128.2 Million to Weatherize Homes in 30 States and the Navajo Nation
Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham announced on April 1st the award of $128.2 million to 30 states, plus the Navajo Nation, to improve the energy efficiency of the homes of low-income families. Such families spend an average of 14 percent of their income on energy, compared with 3.5 percent for the average U.S. family. Weatherization reduces an average home's energy costs by $218 a year. For a full list of states and the amount awarded to each, see the DOE press release.
DOE's Weatherization Assistance Program performs energy audits to identify the most cost-effective measures for each home, which typically include adding insulation, reducing air infiltration, servicing the heating and cooling systems, and providing health and safety diagnostic services. For every dollar spent, weatherization returns $1.40 in energy savings over the life of the measures. The program is delivered through the states and 970 local agencies, and gives priority to low-income households with elderly members, people with disabilities, and children. The funding for DOE's Weatherization Assistance Program in fiscal year 2004 is $227 million, which is expected to cover the weatherization of about 94,450 homes. President Bush has requested $291.2 million for the program in fiscal year 2005. See the Weatherization Assistance Program Web site.