MONTGOMERY, AL— Gov. Bob Riley has awarded $1.74 million to help Alabama's low-income residents cut their utility bills by making their homes more energy efficient.
The Alabama Weatherization Assistance Program gives priority consideration to the elderly, those with disabilities and to low-income residents with children. Houses that qualify for assistance are modified to improve both energy efficiency and safety.
"Every year weatherization projects help many Alabama families that are struggling financially save money by conserving energy," Riley said. "By helping to lower utility costs these families are able to have more money for other essentials."
To identify the most cost-effective measures for each home, an energy audit is performed. Depending on the results, a home weatherization project may include extra insulation for the attic, walls and floor, sealing leaks in ductwork, repairs and tune-ups for heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems, and replacement of incandescent lights with highly efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.
Weatherization improvements often reduces fire and other hazards through health and safety inspections. The Community Services Section of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs administers the state program. To carry out the weatherization program, Riley awarded grants to 16 community action or other sponsoring agencies across the state. These agencies administer the program at the local level and receive applications from individuals who wish to be considered for assistance.
Below is a list of grants awarded to counties in the WSFA 12 News viewing area, the counties served by each recipient agency and contact information for applicants:
- $155,602 to Organized Community Action Program Inc (Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Lowndes and Pike)
- $42,542 to Central Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission (Macon and Russell)
- $79,687 to Montgomery County Commission (Montgomery)
- $84,194 to Elmore-Autauga Community Action Committee (Autauga, Chilton, Dallas, Elmore, Perry and Shelby)
- $53,901 to Alabama Council on Human Relations (Lee)
- $37,735 to Community Action Committee of Chambers-Tallapoosa-Coosa (Chambers, Coosa and Tallapoosa)