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2003-10-17 communities
Weatherization helps ease utility burden




IN 2003, the program expects to weatherize more than 95,000 low-income homes. Northeast Kentucky Area Development Council, Inc., serves Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Greenup, and Lawrence counties. (click for larger version)
Most families across Kentucky are turning up their thermostats to combat dropping temperatures. For low-income families, however, cranking up the heat is not always an option.

These families pay 14 percent or more of their annual incomes for energy compared with only 3.5 percent for non low-income families. Unable to pay gaping balances or hefty re-connection fees, some families are considering how they will survive this winter without heat.

The Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program reduces the energy burden on low-income families by installing cost-effective, energy efficiency measures. Governor Paul Patton has proclaimed Oct. 30 as Weatherization Day, to raise awareness of the important benefits created by the program. With the Governor's proclamation of Weatherization Day the community is reminded of the federal program that addresses these daily energy concerns.

Since the inception of the program in 1976, more than 5 million homes across the nation have been weatherized. In 2003, the program expects to weatherize more than 95,000 low-income homes.

Northeast Kentucky Area Development Council, Inc., which serves Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Greenup, and Lawrence counties, expects to weatherize 100 homes. These households save an average of $218 annually on their energy bills after the weatherization work is completed. The dollar savings alone makes a big difference for the families. In addition, Weatherization makes the home warmer (cooler) and safer.

The weatherization program is funded by the Cabinet for Families and Children.

For more information on the program, call the central office at 286-4443 or 1-800-817-4443.

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