Aug 17, 201111:47 AMBlog

Recovery Act weatherization work in Washington sets annual record

Aug 17, 2011 - 11:47 AM
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding helped weatherize a record number of housing units and deliver energy-and-cost savings for low-income Washington families, according to a newly released report.

The Washington State Department of Commerce Weatherization program, in partnership with 25 local agencies, weatherized 7,474 homes from July 2009 through June 2010 - double the state's historical annual average, according to an evaluation by the Washington State University Extension Energy Program. The direct energy savings from this ramped-up weatherization effort is equivalent to the energy needed to heat about 1,350 homes for an entire year, according to Commerce energy experts.

Residents save an average of 20 to 30 percent on their monthly heating bills after receiving weatherization improvements.

The record-setting increase in production garnered praise from the U.S. Department of Energy, which recognized Washington as one of only 12 states "exceeding production expectations."

The Recovery Act of 2009 provided $5 billion to states for weatherization and program administration through the DOE. About $60 million came to Washington to be spent through March of 2012. To date, the Recovery Act has funded weatherization of more than 11,000 low-income housing units in the state.


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