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Weatherization funds reach 60,000 homes

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Nearly 60,000 low-income homes have now been made more energy efficient thanks to federal funds given to the state's Weatherization Assistance Program.

Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, $5 billion was provided nationally to the U.S. Department of Energy weatherization program.

California's chunk of that was $185.8 million to upgrade low-income homes with weatherization repairs like adding insulation, sealing ducts and installing more efficient appliances, windows, heaters and cooling systems.

On average, weatherization reduces energy consumption for low-income families by up to 35 percent, saving them more than $400 on their heating and cooling bills in the first year.

Since receiving the stimulus, California's Department of Community Services and Development has partnered with 40 nonprofit and local government providers to carry out the upgrades on 59,066 low-income homes as part of its Weatherization Assistance Program as of Sept. 30.

Of the funding, an $11.2 million grant to the Fresno County Economic Opportunities Commission saw to the weatherization of 5,666 homes.

The Community Services & Employment Training Center got $6.6 million to weatherize 1,258 homes in Tulare County.

Around $1.2 million went to the Kings Community Action Organization to for weatherization work on 324 homes in Kings County while the Merced County Community Action Agency got $4.9 million to weatherize 981 homes in Madera and Merced counties.

Sacramento, California