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July 27, 2004

DOE Awards $1.13 Million to Weatherize Homes in Arizona

Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham announced on July 27th the award of $1.13 million to improve the energy efficiency of the homes of low-income families in Arizona. 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. The Arizona funds were awarded on July 1st as part of $94.8 million awarded to 20 states. 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. See the Weatherization Assistance Program Web site.