Thursday, August 26, 2010

Recovery Act Weatherization Assistance Program Achieves Milestone in New Hampshire

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is reporting in a progress alert posted on its Website that Vice President, Joe, Biden, announced today in New Hampshire that the Recovery Act Weatherization Assistance Program (Recovery Act) has achieved a milestone – the weatherizing of approximately 200,000 homes.

The progress alert says New Hampshire has been one of the nation's weatherization leaders, reaching many of its goals ahead of schedule. New Hampshire was recently chosen to receive an additional $3.1 million to complement and expand its existing weatherization program, spur innovation, and achieve further energy bill savings for local families.

According to the DOE, the Recovery Act is helping lower-income families save energy and money by improving the energy efficiency of their homes. In fact, the DOE cites a study by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which says weatherization services save families an average of more than $400 in energy costs during the first year after home retrofits are installed.