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Kentucky’s weatherization day

Weatherization Day is held annually in Kentucky. This provides a chance to remind residents who need to reduce their energy bills, who may have “drafty” homes and limited resources to improve them, that there is a place and a program to turn for help. Thousands will get that help reducing their utility bills from Community Action Kentucky's weatherization program.

The executive director is Mr. Bowmar, and he says the idea is to provide those homes that have too high utility bills with the protection they need against the elements as the mercury dips and as energy and heating bills increase.

Some of the updates that are provided, and all are for free, include blowing attic insulation, furnace repair or replacement, dealing with various air sealing and air infiltration issues, possibly adding wall or floor insulation, repairing or replacing hot water heaters.

The primary goal of the program is to make a home save on their utility bills, and ensure a warmer home is also a safe home.

Currently they can spend up to about sixty-five hundred dollars in a household to modernize it, of which we can dedicate up to twelve hundred dollars of it for health and safety reasons.

The Kentucky weatherization program is also getting a chunk of money from the federal government economic stimulus package. The funds will go to pay for work in the years to come.

For example, over the next three years it is estimated that the state of Kentucky will be able to provide services to approximately nine thousand households with approximately seventy million dollars in funding available to help serve those households and assist them with lower their energy bills.

The program runs year round and the free updates and improvements made to homes add up to real dollars saved for eligible households with income under 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines. The program can help people save more than $400 on their utility bills, on average, the first year, and topping over $5,000 in savings over the course of several years. Last year, the program served more than 2,600 households, paid for with funding from the Department of Energy and some state programs.





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