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Weatherization program cuts utility bills, increases safety

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Fort Worth’s Weatherization Assistance Program reduces heating and cooling costs for low-income families by improving the energy efficiency of their homes while ensuring residents’ health and safety.

Since 1993, Fort Worth has offered the Weatherization Assistance Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and, most recently, ONCOR Electric Delivery.

Although the technology has evolved and funding has increased, the vision has not changed since the program’s inception. The program is administered by the Community Services Division of the Parks and Community Services Department as part of its Community Action Partners program.

Weatherization has shown to return $2.69 for each dollar spent on the program. Families whose homes have been weatherized through Fort Worth’s program have seen savings up to 35 percent of previous energy consumption.

Weatherization program facts

  • Low-income families will save an average of $350 in reduced first-year energy costs, at current prices.
  • Reducing energy demand decreases the environmental impacts of energy production. Weatherization mitigates approximately 1.61 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year in a home heated primarily with natural gas — even more for homes heated with fuel oil. Weatherization also reduces emissions of methane and nitrous oxide.
  • Weatherization creates non-energy benefits such as increased property value, reduced likelihood of fire, federal taxes generated from employment, income generated from indirect employment, avoided costs of unemployment benefits and reduced pollution.
  • Additional benefits that are more difficult to quantify include improved health and safety conditions, increased comfort for occupants, a reduction in homelessness and mobility and extended lifetime of affordable housing.

To learn more, visit the Community Action Partners website or call  817-392-5790.

Fort Worth, Texas